Beth Janet Shapiro died nineteen years ago, August 3, 1995 in Houston,Texas. At that time she was Vice Provost at Rice University and also University Librarian. She left her husband Russell Barnes and her daughter, Gabrielle Alexandra Barnes.
I last saw her at the 25th reunion where we gathered with our dear old friends, Roye Miller from London, Flavia Hoefler from Denver and Faith and Boo Loeb from nearby. What fun times we remembered: riding to Nantasket in her Chevy, cheerleading, singing with the choir at the Boston Pops. Being a great athlete before Title 9, Beth remembered playing basketball and field hockey. We shared avid reading interests but she had taken lots of AP courses-math, english, history which none of the rest of us had pursued. What a unique person she always was.thinking and acting 'outside the box' which led to some hard battles. Beth always was in pursuit of social justice and equal opportunity for all. Long live her passionate spirit!