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Barbara Baum Taylor was born in Little Falls, NY, January 29, 1949, to A. Neil Baum and Mary Gregorin Baum and passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 26th. Barbara was educated in Little Falls High School and was the valedictorian of her senior class. She went on to be one of the first women to graduate from Clarkson University where she graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Barb continued her education at Harvard University, where she received an MS and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, a field she worked in for many years and formed a thriving and nationally-renowned engineering firm META Environmental where she served as President until her retirement. Barb also worked as a popular Professor in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University for several years. She was always striving to make the world a better and safer place for all of us.
Barbara leaves behind her loving husband of 39 years, Robert Taylor (Wellfleet, MA), Brothers Neil Baum & wife Carolyn and Tom Baum & wife Carol (both of Little Falls, NY), a loving niece Karen Baum & husband Wes Sekula (Watertown, MA), as well as many friends, cousins, in-laws, and nieces & nephews.
Barb was a smart, energetic, loving, and generous person. She was always busy, whether it was a home & garden project, planning trips, or working on litigation cases – she truly made time for those she cared about. One Christmas she baked and decorated gingerbread houses for every child at the New England Home for Little Wanderers, each beautiful and unique.
She and her husband lived in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Ma. for the past 18 years after moving from Jamaica Plains, Boston. Both Barb and Rob were big fans of Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Ships of which they took many cruises. She was 70 years old at the time of her passing and will be greatly missed.
Any person wishing to donate in Barbara’s memory can forward a donation to The Wellfleet Conservation Trust; Box 84, Wellfleet, MA 02667