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Education champion Barbara Robey passes away


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Barbara Robey

Barbara B. Robey, one of Arizona public education’s truest and most passionate champions and a long-time guiding force at Arizona School Boards Association, passed away just after sunrise on June 10. Barbara will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Barbara modelled vision, principled commitment, impeccable character, persistence, servant leadership and an incredible generosity of spirit in all her endeavors and leadership roles. These included serving on the Litchfield ESD Governing Board for 20 years, as a member of the ASBA Board of Directors and as president of the board, as ASBA’s first full-time lobbyist and director of governmental relations for 17 years, and as the 28-year chairperson of the board of directors of ASBAIT, an organization she was instrumental in developing, founding and growing. Her impact on ASBA is indelible and enduring.

Education champion Barbara Robey passes away BarbaraRobeyHPIn 2007, to honor Barbara’s outstanding achievements and contributions, the ASBA Board of Directors established the Barbara Robey Lifetime Achievement Award. She was its first recipient.

In her beloved community of Litchfield Park, where she served on the city council for five years and as mayor for two years, Barbara’s legacy will live on as well. In 2004, Litchfield ESD honored her by naming its newest school Barbara B. Robey Elementary School. She could be found there most weekday mornings greeting students and often helping to serve them breakfast.

A memorial service will be held at Barbara B. Robey Elementary School (5430 Wigwam Creek Blvd., Litchfield Park) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. The service will be held in the gym, with overflow seating and a live stream of the service in the cafeteria.

A Life of Service to Arizona Students

 Education champion Barbara Robey passes away Barbara-RobeyHP2November 1969
Elected to Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board

1974
Joins the ASBA Board of Directors

1981
Becomes the chairperson of the board of directors of the Arizona School Boards Association Insurance Trust (ASBAIT), which she was instrumental in founding and which today sets the standards for service, benefits and affordability for health care for the school employees and their dependents in more than 154 Arizona school districts and community colleges.

1983
Serves as president of the ASBA Board of Directors

1984
Leaves the ASBA board when her term expires

1984
Becomes business manager for Dysart USD

1987
Appointed to serve on the first city council for the city of Litchfield Park upon its incorporation, and served on the council for five years

1987
Joins the staff of ASBA as director of governmental relations, serving as the association’s first full-time lobbyist

1990
Ends her 20-year tenure on the Litchfield ESD Governing Board

1990-1992
Serves as mayor of Litchfield Park

2004
Retires from ASBA after providing 17 years of advocacy and leadership

November 2004
Litchfield ESD names its newest school in her honor: Barbara B. Robey Elementary School (5430 Wigwam Creek Blvd., Litchfield Park).

September 2007
ASBA Board of Directors authorizes the creation of a Lifetime Achievement Award and names it in her honor.

December 2007
Receives the first Barbara Robey Lifetime Achievement Award. (Subsequent winners have included Edward Basha, Jr., and Carolyn Warner)

2009
Steps down as chairperson of the ASBAIT Board of Directors, after leading the board for 28 years

2013
Retires from the ASBAIT Board of Directors