May 23, 1936 Durbin Pocahontas County West Virginia, USA
Jun. 24, 2013 Summit County Ohio, USA
Barbara Armstrong 07/02/2013 - 1:02pm Barbara Nottingham Armstrong, Ph.D., passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2013, as a result of a sudden illness. Born May 23, 1936, at Durbin, she was a daughter of the late Mary and Bruce Nottingham. After graduating from Green Bank High School, she completed bachelor's and master's degrees in Family and Child Development at West Virginia University, a master's degree in Counseling at the University of Akron and a Ph. D. in Human Ecology at Ohio State University. During her professional career which spanned more than four decades, she taught at and received distinguished teaching awards from these universities. The Ohio Home Economics Association recognized Dr. Armstrong as Outstanding Home Economist at both regional and state levels. For several years, she was head of the Department of Home Economics and Family Ecology at the University of Akron. She served as president of the Ohio Council on Family Relations and received the organization's Distinguished Service to Families Award. She was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Aging and served on the National Council on Family Relations Task Force on Aging. West Virginia University recognized her with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and she received both the state (West Virginia) and national Distinguished Alumnus awards from the National 4-H Club Foundation. Dr. Armstrong published numerous articles in professional journals and was co-author of one book. She was a frequent speaker at statewide professional meetings for educators and medical personnel. She has been listed on eight national and international Who's Who references and has held membership in more than 25 professional and honorary societies. Following retirement from the University of Akron as Emeritus Professor. Dr. Armstrong continued her work as a family therapist in private practice. Her philosophy was "To teach is to tough the heart," a goal she aspired to accomplish every day of her life. Besides her family, Dr. Armstrong loved nature, football (especially Ohio State University and West Virginia University,) hiking in the beautiful Metro Parks, animals – particularly her granddogs, Louie, Maggie, Harley, Chance and Toby, and her constant companion, Archie, as well as relearning history and social studies with her grandsons. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to New York, Oglebay Park, Nashville and Hilton Head Island where she was a member of Central Church. She was an avid supporter of 4-H, an organization which changed her life. She was extremely grateful for the amazing role models in her life. Among the most significant were the following: her own dear mother, Mrs. Mary Nottingham; seventh grade teacher and 4-H leader, Mrs. Margaret Cole; WVU Extension agents, Mrs. Betty Rae Wexford and Mrs. Caroline S. Cutlip; Professor and advisor at WVU, Dr. Sara Ann Brown; and Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Akron, Dr. Raymond Sander. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Julian L. Nottingham; a nephew, Michael Nottingham; and a brother-in-law, Bill Borga. She is survived by her loving children, Debbie McCain, and husband, Tyler, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Scott Armstrong, and wife, Sally, of Munroe Falls, Ohio; grandchildren, Zachary Carter, Joshua Carter, Noah Armstrong and Nicholas Armstrong; sisters, Nancy Borga, of Preston, Maryland, Carol Vandevander, of Staunton, Virginia, and Jane Thompson, and husband, Clinton, of Roanoke, Virginia; a brother, Jerry K. Nottingham, and wife, Carolyn, of Fishersville, Virginia; a close family friend, Christine Capron; and many special nieces and nephews. Final resting place is in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Memorials may be made to the Barbara N. Armstrong Family Studies Scholarship, Development Dept, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-2603.