In Memoriam: Dr. Barbara Jacobson, Lehman College Professor of Sociology: 1939 – 2014

April 11, 2014 | Lehman College

Lehman College announced today the sudden passing of Dr. Barbara Jacobson, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She was 74.

Dr. Jacobson’s research focused on education and social mobility. She worked on major data sets related to the experiences of students at the City University of New York (CUNY).  Her articles include “Education and Mobility: From Achievement to Ascription” in American Sociological Review and “Education: Social Fact of Social Process?” in American Behavioral Scientist.

At Lehman College, Dr. Jacobson was known for her passion for the liberal arts and for her work as chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

“Barbara’s encyclopedic knowledge of curricular procedures, the care she took working with departments as they developed their courses and curricula, and her support for general education profoundly influenced the experiences of generations of Lehman students,” said President Ricardo R. Fernández. “She was a mainstay of the College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, every year reviewing hundreds of transcripts to find eligible students, and at times, reaching out to personally counsel students about eligibility requirements. She was an invaluable resource on many campus-wide committees and task forces. Her voice and passion for education will be missed.”

Dr. Jacobson graduated from DePauw University in 1961. Two years later, she received an M.A. in Sociology of Religion from Yale Divinity School.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1970 and soon after joined the Lehman College faculty in the Department of Sociology.

In her spare time, Dr. Jacobson enjoyed traveling, gardening, following politics avidly, and spending time with friends and family. She is survived by her husband, John Kendrick, and daughters Tania and Sherri Kendrick.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Flat Rock Brook Park Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Avenue, Englewood, NJ.  A campus memorial will be scheduled for later in the semester.