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In Memory

Barbara Robiner

Barbara Robiner

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10/17/10 08:25 PM #1    

Suzanne (Sue, Suzy) Bressler (Malkin)

Barbara and I met in the 10th grade and remained friends for a long long time. We lost contact with each other for several years and then began having lunch dates with some other 1961 grads.  We always looked forward to these  times even when Barbara's memory started to fail. Her husband would drive and pick her up from the restaurants so that she would not be left out once she could no longer drive.  Her death, a few months ago, was difficult because she was a comtemporary of the same age. I have many fond memories of her, especially her laugh which is now silenced.

11/06/10 02:23 PM #2    

Michael Stecker MD

Barbara Robiner's 2001 autobiography, as well as those from others Mumford 1961 classmates can be read at:



Barbara Robiner


Hi Nancy,

You're doing a great job. I am really enjoying reading the Bios.

As for myself, I graduated from Wayne State University's College of Education and taught Reading Readiness for two years at Clinton Elementary in Detroit. I met my husband, Steve Widlansky in 1961, and we dated off and on for 4 1/2 years before my mother gave him an ultimatum. Thanks to my mother, we will be celebrating our 36th anniversary in December.

We have three sons. Robert is 34. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Computers and Artificial Intelligence and received his MBA at University of Chicago. He works for Cisco Systems and lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Helen, who has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and our 2-year-old grandson, Ethan.

Michael is 28, and also received his undergraduate degree at Stanford, his medical degree from U of M, and is presently a resident in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston. He and his wife Shannon (who is doing her residency in OB-GYN) live in Framingham, MA.

Kevin is 26 and dares to be different. He went to Georgetown for his undergraduate degree in Foreign Policy. After spending three years in China working for GM, he has returned to Washington with his Australian fiancée, Jane. She is at Georgetown University, working on her MBA. Kevin is in a combined program. He is presently working on his MA at Johns Hopkins, School of Foreign Policy. After that he's on to Wharton for his MBA. They will be married in December 2002 (in Melbourne). Needless to say, with none of the boys in Michigan, Steven and I do a lot of traveling.

Barbara (Robiner) Widlansky


05/23/11 10:50 AM #3    

Fran Einhorn (Wolf)

 So many years, so many wonderful memories.  You are so missed my dear sweet friend.

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