This week's staff story is a feature on Barbara Whitlock, who passed away peacefully in her home on March 25. Barbara served as the Eaton Hall Division Assistant from 2003 through 2012, and in that time, she developed lasting relationships within the North Cross community. Her positive impact on students, colleagues, and families was evident. Faculty who worked with Barbara shared reflections about her as a coworker and friend. We hope you enjoy these special memories.
"The first few months when I began working as the Director of the Middle School, Barbara Whitlock and I worked closely together during the summer months crafting a schedule and trying to master the new Blackbaud software that we had in place. Even after a lengthy Blackbaud training session, it was clear that the new system would require some significant time on task to master. This is when I discovered one of the wonderful qualities that Barbara possessed. Even though she admitted to being “old-school” in some of her views on education, she made it a goal to never stop learning and to never stop growing as a person. In this fashion, she was a great example to students about taking on new goals and new challenges in life. I still smile when I remember that summer when Barbara and I spent countless hours trying to figure out the new software system and our almost daily phone calls to the Blackbaud IT help desk. Her commitment to the school, and particularly to the faculty, was inspiring, and she never hesitated to speak to me one-on-one if she felt there was an area of school life that needed some extra attention. We will all miss her greatly." - Ed Dickenson, Director of the Middle School
"Some of Barbara's life mottos were, "Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget" and "Happiness lives in a heart that loves." The last gift she gave me this past Christmas was the poem "Do it Anyway" by Mother Teresa that epitomizes her and her wish for others. The poem is a good lesson for all of us." - Anonymous