In Memoriam --
Barbara Bryan (T-13)
BRYAN--Barbara. Aged 72, a nonprofit leader in New York from 1975-2003, died
October 17th of metastatic colon cancer. A graduate of Wellesley College
with an M.A. from
Barbara began her career as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Turkey, then
became a community college English teacher. In 1973, she moved to New York
and was employed at the Russell Sage Foundation, Institute for Community
Design Analysis, and Safe Horizon, then known as Victim Services Agency,
where she headed the Brooklyn and Staten Island Court operations for five
years. In 1985, she became the second executive director (later president)
of the five- year-old New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG),
now Philanthropy New York. Over the next 18 years, Barbara guided and grew
the membership organization of private foundations, community foundations,
and corporate giving programs. Under her leadership, NYRAG encouraged
greater inclusiveness and diversity in the philanthropic sector; emphasized
greater openness and accountability toward nonprofit grantseeking
organizations; and participated in efforts to increase philanthropy in the
region. Barbara Bryan is survived by her husband, Will Freeman; her mother,
Betty Bryan; an aunt, June Bair; sisters Carolyn Young (widow of J. Michael
Young), Susan Bryan (Cindy White), and Jean Bryan (Thom Clark); brother,
Frederick (Betty Holmes); stepsons, Toby Freeman (Celia) and Eben Freeman (Rekha
Menon); grandchildren, Kiran Menon Freeman and Maya Menon Freeman; three
nephews; two nieces; and numerous grandnephews, grandnieces, and cousins.
Services will be held at 2:00pm on October 30 at Manhattan's Middle
Collegiate Church (50 East 7th Street). The family requests that in lieu of
flowers, a donation be made to a charitable organization of your choice.
Philanthropy New York’s board, staff and members, express their deepest
sympathy on the death of their former President, Barbara Bryan. Barbara’s
18 years of outstanding leadership and vision combined with her
extraordinary collegiality, set us on the path that we proudly continue
today. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
-- Published in The New York Times on Oct. 23, 2016
Barbara is in the 2007 and 2010 Arkadaşlar Directories,
one photo and two stories:
I'm from T13 but loved reading your recollections. Antalya and Alanya, as
they were then, were magical places for me and remain so in my memory. As
Barbara Bryan and I were strolling along, a little boy came out of curiosity
to tag along. Our young "tour guide" took us to a crumbling old fortress,
then to see a woman who was weaving on a loom. We had a nice chat with her.
Then we walked along the water. I still think of that day when I need a
indeed sad news. Barbara was about as close a friend as Mary Ann and I had
among our group in Turkey. I recall we both had our glasses stolen while
sleeping on a beach in Crete in summer '67; one of us had used the other's
bag for safekeeping, and the bag was taken during the night. She was and I'm
sure still is a fun and high-spirited person.
Sent: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 1:41 pm
Barbara Bryan passed away
around 2 AM yesterday morning, October 17. Her husband Will was with her at
11 PM after she had had last rites, been given morphine, and Will agreed she
be taken off the oxygen. She had been in a comma prior to this for about 3
The funeral service will be
on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 pm at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan.
Her obituary will be in the New York Times but we don't yet know the date.
I am trying to get a copy to put on our website.
Condolences can be sent to
Barbara's sister Carolyn Young at
or to me at
This would be shared with her husband and family.
During her long and painful
transition from this life, Barbara had praying for her Christians, Jews,
Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and maybe others I didn't know about. This
beautiful community of people she had gathered around her says so much about
the loving way she lived her life.
I'm including a haiku that
one of Barbara's classmates wrote for her that evokes Barbara's journey
Night of the full moon
Sacred space opens...light, dark
Join to enfold you.
Barbara’s training bio and
T-13 bio book update|
From Sandy Anderson:
While Barbara Bryan was still with us, we prepared a booklet of comments
from everyone to send her. The request went out to the listserv and to our
Here's the result.
Barbara Bryan at 1995 Global Reunion
Photo by Jim McHenry (T-13)