In memory of Barbara Ann Roehrick, 1925–2020
This year we proudly launch a new scholarship for Gaines-Jones Scholars studying to become educators. This new award was funded by Robert Roehrick, Gaines-Jones co-founder and trustee, and his brother Charles Roehrick, who is a devoted Gaines-Jones donor, to honor their late mother, who was a high school English teacher in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin from 1967 to 1987.
Barbara was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, and—although she traveled the world—she lived her entire life with this quaint town on the Chippewa river as her base. She graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1943 as Valedictorian. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude and receive her BA from Milwaukee-Downer College. Barbara also graduated Summa Cum Laude and received her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
She was a charter member of the local AAUW chapter and the United Way of Chippewa County. She founded the Chippewa Falls Excellence in Education Committee, and served as a board member of Literacy Volunteers of America. Barbara was a member and board member of Delta Kappa Gamma, women’s educational society, and Phi Delta Kappa educational society. She was also a member of the Elks Ladies and St. Charles Church.
An avid supporter of our Foundation, Barbara possessed a grand love of life and an engaging way with people; putting them at ease, even upon first meeting.
Beginning this 2021-22 academic year, the Barbara A. Roehrick Teacher Scholarship will be awarded in the form of two $1,000 scholarships to eligible Gaines-Jones Scholars. The future plan is to expand the scholarship into an annual Teacher-of-the-Year award.