|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1949, USA|
|Death: ||Jul., 2012|
August 19, 1949 - July 16, 2012
Barbara Danahy Callahan, 62, former resident of New City, died at home of complications from salivary gland cancer. Mrs. Callahan, who retired as an award-winning television journalist, was a graduate of Clarkstown High School and Wellesley College and lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was a former news anchor, producer, assignment editor and assistant news director at television stations in Tampa and St. Louis.
Mrs. Callahan was co-founder of the Greater Tampa Bay Breast Screening Project, which provided low-cost screening mammograms sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A Life Member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society of Pinellas County, FL, she served on a county task force to discourage teenage smoking and a Florida state task force for breast cancer awareness and coordinated care. Mrs. Callahan received recognition from the Florida state legislature for her promotion of breast self-examination through the Buddy Check program. She was a past President of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Wellesley College Club of Tampa Bay.
Mrs. Callahan is survived by her husband, Dr. Daniel J. Callahan; their son, Daniel J. Callahan Jr., Esq.; by several brothers and sisters and their spouses, Nancy Danahy of Suffern, David Danahy of New City, Jeanne Burden of Franklin, TN, John J. Jr. and Lisa Danahy of Florence, KY, Thomas V. and Elizabeth Danahy of West Nyack, and Kevin R. Danahy of New City; her aunt Joan D. Danahy of Somerset, NJ; her brother-in-law Thomas D. Callahan III and his wife Mary March Callahan of Collingswood, NJ; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 24 from 6 to 8 PM at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home in New City. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:15 AM Wednesday, July 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, please donate to "John J. Danahy Sr. Memorial Scholarship", All Hallows High School, 111 East 164th St., Bronx, NY 10452.
Barbara Danahy Callahan was an unflappable professional in an industry defined by competition, daily deadlines and scoops.
She knew her material and didn't hesitate to make a correction when reading the news script before appearing on the air, former colleagues said.
Callahan, who had worked as a news anchor at several Tampa area television stations, was a perfectionist with class, her broadcast colleagues said.
"Barbara was always so nice, so professional," said News Channel 8 reporter Jeff Patterson, who worked with Callahan in the 1980s. "She cared so much for journalism. She was a capital "J" type of journalist."
Callahan died last month at the age of 62 from complications of salivary gland cancer.
In the 1980s, she worked alongside Bill Ratliff at News Channel 8.
"They were a dominant team," Patterson said.
Colleagues described her as meticulous and driven.
Before joining News Channel 8, she worked locally at WTOG Channel 44 as the anchor for PM Magazine and later as news anchor.
"She was a great journalist,'' said Bruce Copeland, a former producer with WTOG Channel 44. "One of the top journalists I ever worked with."
Callahan also had a successful broadcast career in St. Louis. Before retiring, she had worked as a news anchor, producer, assignment editor and assistant news director.
Callahan, who lived in St. Petersburg, was active outside the broadcast arena.
She co-founded the Greater Tampa Bay Breast Screening Project, which helped provide low-cost mammograms. She was a champion of breast-cancer awareness and a "life member" of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society of Pinellas County.
Her son, Daniel J. Callahan Jr., said his mother wanted privacy after living much of her life in the public eye in television news.
"She was a wonderful mother and an exceptional person," Daniel J. Callahan Jr. said. "She was loved and will be greatly missed."
She is survived by her husband, Daniel J. Callahan; her son, Daniel J. Callahan Jr.; and several brothers and sisters..
Published in TBO.com on August 14, 2012.
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