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 Joyce A. <I>Brengarth</I> Singh

Joyce A. Brengarth Singh

Death 13 Aug 2010 (aged 67)
Squirrel Hill, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, USA
Plot N-25
Memorial ID 100022267 · View Source
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Joyce B. Singh: Pitt professor Singh was humble despite achievements: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) - Sunday, August 15, 2010
Deceased Name: Joyce B. Singh: Pitt professor Singh was humble despite achievements

Although Joyce Singh was highly regarded as a professor and psychotherapist who had met with such world-renowned notables as Mother Teresa, she considered herself a farm girl at heart.

"It really meant a lot to my mother to be able to breathe the farm smells when we would visit the family farm in Boonville, Mo.," said her son, Prem Singh, a GE executive from Jenkintown, Montgomery County.

Joyce B. Singh of Squirrel Hill, who had been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work for 30 years and was retired, died of complications of multiple sclerosis on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in her home. She was 67.

"And although my mother was praised for her work as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, she was proud of her membership in the West Boonville 4H Club, where she won numerous county, state and national awards," her son said.

Mrs. Singh, a psychotherapist and family counselor, had a private practice in Shadyside and in Wexford.

"Her patients respected my mother, because of her personal concern for them," said her son. "And on numerous occasions when any of her clients couldn't pay her, she continued to see them. Several of them had gardens and would pay her with fruit and vegetables."

Mrs. Singh, a native of Boonville, Mo., was the daughter of the late William Michael Brengarth and Catherine Julia Neef Brengarth. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in 1964 and a master's degree in social work in 1967. She earned a master's degree in public health and a doctorate in social work at Pitt, where she met her husband, Balwant Singh, a professor and research scientist at Pitt's School of Public Health.

"My father had earned his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Missouri while my mother was a student there. They never met until she came to Pittsburgh in 1969, with a grant from Pitt to receive a master's of public health. She later obtained her doctorate there.

"They got to know each other when they were neighbors at Devonshire Apartments in Shadyside and were married in 1971," Prem Singh added. "My mother received her doctorate from the Graduate School of Social Work at Pitt."

When Mrs. Singh was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984, her husband retired from Pitt to care for her.

"And even when she came down with multiple sclerosis, she never complained," said Prem Singh. "She never gave a thought that she'd never make it.

"And she'd often said to us that you can make what you want out of life. It's up to you."

She was a advocate for the disabled as well as a Eucharistic minister at the former St. Philomena Church in Squirrel Hill.

In addition to her son, Prem, and her husband, Mrs. Singh is survived by a second son, Davinder Singh, an entrepreneur from Oakland; grandchildren, Julian and Catherine, and two sisters, Dorothey Jean of Tempe, Ariz, and Wilma Bledsoe of Boonville, Mo.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today in John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Bede Church. Interment will be in Boonville, Mo




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