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In Memoriam: Barbara Chacon

May  29, 2014

Barbara ChaconThe Pacific Dugoni community remembers a long-time member of its family, Barbara Chacon, who passed away on May 14, 2014.

"Barbara Chacon has been an integral part of the Dugoni family for many years," said Dr. Nader Nadershahi. "My experience with her covered many activities involving the clinics, academics and research, and I always found her to be pleasant, professional and willing to support everyone in the dental school. I will miss her very much."

Barbara joined the dental school in 1970 as a secretary in the department of Basic Sciences. She was promoted to coordinator in 1979, and in 1997 became a manager supervising the administrative staff of the Basic Sciences faculty.

"I am terribly saddened by the untimely death of Barbara Chacon," said Dr. Bill Carpenter. "It was my pleasure to have worked with her as our department manager for the last 28 years. She was an extremely competent individual and performed all of her duties in an outstanding manner. She was a kind and pleasant person, someone for whom I had great respect and friendship. As I enter retirement and go through the tribulations associated with this, I will sorely miss her counsel and warmth during this difficult period."

With the reorganization of the administrative support teams in 2014, Barbara was in place to be the research operations manager -- a position particularly important to facilitating the transition to the new building. She will be dearly missed by those who worked with her, and the Pacific Dugoni family is honored to call her one of its own.

"Barbara tried to approach her work with a serene attitude," said Dr. Nejat Duzgunes. "Sometimes, when a problem arose, she would start with a deep breath and a smile. She was always available for discussions. She had a deep faith that helped her and those around her explain the unfairness and the tragedies in the world. She was always there for us. It is hard to accept that she is no longer there."

"I consider myself blessed to have known Barbara, as she was a caring and compassionate person," said Emilia Segura. "My recollection of Barbara is how her eyes would beam when she spoke of her daughter and grandson -- clearly the loves of her life! Barbara had a soft spot for Rottweilers and Pit Bulls, two strong and misunderstood breeds, but she never met a dog that she did not love. Her passion for rescuing and caring for animals was amazing and evident throughout her life since she always had dogs, birds, rabbits, fish, turtles -- you name it. If an animal needed a home, you could count on Barbara to advocate, foster, find them a home and/or keep them herself. Barbara's generosity and love for animals was infectious. Rest in peace, my friend!"

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