July 25, 1947 ~ April 28, 2014
Barbara attended University High School in west Los Angeles and lived not far from the UCLA campus in Westwood. The beach was, and remained thereafter, her favorite place to hang out and bespoke her life-long happy frame of mind, regardless of whether the sun came up or set over the water. Barbara graduated from the Washington University St. Louis, School of Nursing in 1969 and began her career as a labor and delivery nurse at Los Angeles County Hospital. From that intense learning environment, her professional interests grew with age to include all aspects of women's health: Lamaze childbirth instructor, certified lactation consultant, fertility counselor, weight loss and wellness coach, restorative endocrinology specialist, and case manager in most areas of integrative medicine. She was one of the earliest Certified Nurse Practitioners in her field.
In 1970 she married Ron, whom she had met in 1967 as a blind date for the Air Force Academy graduation ball, arranged by her father no less who had served as Ron's Academy admissions counselor back in Southern California years before. This "arranged marriage" proceeded happily for 43-plus years spanning assignments from Japan and the Philippines to Europe, and 30 moves in between as she would always remind him when it came time to do the packing. To retain her professional skills amid these many dislocations, she worked in Air Force base hospitals as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, often under the guise a Red Cross volunteer where the Air Force had no open billets. Ron once commented that his greatest contribution to the Air Force was in helping make Barbara's services available to so many in that community. Their last move was her happiest as it brought them back to the Washington area in 2000 where she had many dear friends and the majority of her professional ties dating back to the early nineties. She was profoundly grateful to these and other close friends and colleagues who so lovingly supported her these past months.
Barbara currently was working as a Nurse Practitioner at The GW Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, DC, and also served as both a Certified Lactation Consultant, advisor, and trainer for local breastfeeding consulting and support groups.
A Celebration of Barbara's Life will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 10am at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA 22032, in the vicinity of Braddock and Guinea Roads.
Barbara had an allergy to flowers, among other things as many know, so she asked that people make a meaningful contribution in lieu of. She would be pleased to know that her associates at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, where she worked for over 13 years, have created the Barbara Boston Cancer Foundation within the non-profit side of the clinic to provide support groups for needy cancer patients and thus continue the very work to which she devoted so much of her time. Those interested can send a donation payable to "AIM Health Institute", memo line: "Barbara Boston Cancer foundation", 908 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20037.
Through this effort and in so many ways, despite a touch of sadness in our hearts, Barbara Boston will continue to be both fondly and joyfully remembered by many.
Celebration of Life ServiceLord of LIfe Lutheran Church
5114 Twinbrook Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
May 17, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM