Barbara Ann Greim

December 22, 1942April 2, 2014

Barbara Ann Greim, Ph.D., 71, of Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Barbara was born in 1942 to the late Robert P Greim, Jr. and Lillian Blessing Greim of Swarthmore, Pa., where she grew up. When Barbara graduated from Swarthmore High School, she received a National Merit Scholarship which she used to attend Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa. Barbara received her Bachelor of Science Degree Magna cum Laude with Honors in Mathematics from Ursinus College in 1964. She did her graduate study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Ph.D. Degree in Mathematics in 1970.

In 1969, Barbara achieved her lifetime goal of being a teacher when she joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She immediately began to improve the resources available in the UNCW William Madison Randall Library, an interest that continued throughout her whole life. At UNCW, Barbara developed the passion for computer science that was the focus of most of her scholarly pursuits for the rest of her career. She also served on numerous campus, university-wide, and state-wide committees and boards during her years at UNCW. Barbara’s efforts in developing the UNCW Computer Science program was recognized in 1998 when UNCW established the Department of Computer Science and named her its interim chair, a position which she held until her retirement in July 2000 after 31 years at UNCW.

Barbara was an avid flower and organic vegetable gardener throughout her entire life, saving and planting seed from her hundreds of impatiens and camellia plants each year. She also enjoyed NASCAR racing, sewing, needlework, birding, mystery novels, and renovating her house. Barbara was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington.

Barbara is survived by several cousins and numerous friends and colleagues.

Services were private.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Computer Science Chairs’ Scholarship Fund, UNCW, Wilmington, NC 28403. The staff of Coble Ward- Smith Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of Barbara Ann Greim.


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Bryan Swing

December 13, 2014

I can only speak from a student's point of view. I first met Dr. Greim in the fall of 1998. I was an older student just starting the Computer Science curriculum at UNCW. Dr. Greim was my first professor within the Computer Science department and was lucky enough to have for two more classes during my four year stint at UNCW.
I wish she had really known what a positive and influential impact she has had on my life and career. I have had a stellar career and of the two companies I have worked for since graduating I have been rewarded substantially, accolades and promotions.
I have built a solid reputation for designing, coding and deploying superior software solutions.
This all might sound a bit self-conceited, but trust me it is true and the reason I am sharing this is because all of it is a direct result of have being taught by the absolute best. From day one Dr. Greim instilled in me the core programming skills and values that allows for this kind of success. No matter what programming language, application software, database or development tool I use the skills she taught me applies to every one of them.
I hope some of her friends or family might read this and be comforted a little to know that by just being Dr. Greim could have such a positive impact on someone's life. I can also guarantee that I was not the only one she had this effect on.
I truly cannot thank her enough!!!

Wendy Billett

July 2, 2014

I often think back with fondness about the year we were room mates at Ursinus. It was her senior year. She always seemed to break the curve for any math exam with no apparent study effort. Warm hearted and really smart lady!

April 6, 2014

I have wonderful memories of visiting Aunt Lillian (her Mother and Barbie and of their visiting me and my family. She and her Mother were very close. Barbie was a very brilliant person and could o almost anything she attempted. I am sure was a very excellent teacher and was very organized. "Mil"