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Rockville Campus Chemistry Professor Barbara Enagonio

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Category: In Memoriam

Published: 2017-11-10 00:00:01.000

Dr. Barbara Van Tassel Enagonio died at Somerford Place, Columbia, Maryland, on October 16, 2017 at the age of 94, with her family at her side. Barbara is survived by children, Elisabeth (Bob Newman, deceased), John (Glenda), Thomas, and Catherine Enagonio Toomey (James), and grandchildren, Thomas and David Newman, Nina, Simon, Nicholas, Michael and Kirsten Enagonio, and Claire and Camille Toomey. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Delmo, brother, John Edward Van Tassel Jr, sister, Elisabeth Van Tassel, and children, Robert, Janice and Paul.

Barbara was born on April 13, 1923 in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Elisabeth Lusteck Van Tassel and John Edward Van Tassel Sr. Barbara graduated from Emmanuel College in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She went on to MIT, where she earned a PhD in Chemistry in 1950. Barbara relocated to Washington, DC, to teach chemistry at Catholic University. In Washington, she met Delmo Enagonio, whom she married on April 6, 1953. While raising her seven children, she tutored college chemistry out of her home. In 1966 she went back to work as a chemistry professor at Montgomery College, where in 1979 she advanced to associate professor. She became chair of the Chemistry Department at the Rockville Campus, and with her colleague Margo Schumm, wrote a chemistry textbook and lab manual. She retired from Montgomery College in 1989. After retirement, Barbara continued to explore her many interests. She traveled extensively around the world. She was an excellent swimmer and lover of the beach. Barbara was also a fabulous cook who found time to make homemade dinners and desserts on top of her full-time schedule. She was an ardent and active Democrat, and worked on many political campaigns, including John F. Kennedy's. Barbara was a devout Catholic, and gave many years of deeply-felt service to the church, especially her beloved St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, where she served on the liturgy committee and was a lay reader.

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