Barbara Isabel Fallon


Posted: Friday, November 21, 2003

Longtime Juneau resident Barbara Isabel Fallon, 83, died Nov. 16, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She was born July 3, 1920, in Tacoma, Wash. She grew up in Seattle and studied social work at Seattle College, now Seattle University. She worked with the Red Cross immediately after World War II, serving in France and Germany. She worked with GIs and their families, displaced persons, former prisoners of war and the civilian community during the disorganized postwar period and the Nuremburg Trials. She was awarded the Medal of Verdun. She continued her social work with the Red Cross in California at Fort Ord, Moffett Field, and finally as the Red Cross executive at Travis Air Force Base, whose hospital received all the wounded from the Korean War.

Fond of children, she worked at Catholic Children's Services in Seattle as a home finder for infants. She was trained at the Washington Montessori Institute in Washington, D.C., then taught in Seattle in the late 1960s. She also worked for the American Heart Association and served as the social services director and manager of the charity clinic at Providence Hospital in Seattle.

In 1972, when Francis Hurley became Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, he recognized the need for a community services program in Southeast Alaska. He hired Pat Denny to organize Catholic Community Services of the Juneau Diocese. Denny immediately sent for her longtime friend and co-worker, Barbara Fallon, to come to Juneau and help out. Bishop Hurley appointed Barbara the Director of the Nutrition Program for the Elderly in Southeast Alaska (now known as Southeast Senior Services). In 2001, Barbara received the First Lady's Award for her part in organizing Catholic Community Services, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

She was well known in the Capitol, where she worked in the Governor's office during the administrations of Gov. Jay Hammond and Gov. William Sheffield. She was an active member of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a member of Housing First.

Her family wrote, "Barbara lived a faith-filled life of service to her community, family and friends. She was a 'people person' and had a great gift for making friends.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Ben Schuller of Seattle; nieces, Suzanne Allen of Oceanside, Calif., Stephanie Schuller of Redwood City, Calif., and Romy Schuller of Portland, Ore.; and nephew, Mark Schuller of Tulsa, Okla..

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Cathedral in Juneau.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Catholic Community Services at 419 Sixth Street, Juneau, AK 99801.

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