AKRON (June 3, 2009)—Susan H. Barr, longtime staff member of the ACS Rubber Division whose duties include managing the rubber expositions, died June 3 at Akron City Hospital.
Barr, 56, had been suffering from cancer.
Since January 2001, when the division reorganized into its current structure, Barr served as the exposition and future sites manager for the rubber industry technical association. She also was in charge of the group's Thermoplastic Elastomers conferences, the Science & Technology Awards banquet, housing and registration services, and other responsibilities.
She joined the Rubber Division in 1995 as assistant librarian, and later became secretary/publications specialist.
In a press release, the division said she will be best remembered for her beautiful smile, blond hair, congenial attitude, professional integrity and ability to work hard then take the time to relax with friends.
Barr had worked as a Realtor, an office manager and in department store sales and management before coming to the Rubber Division. In her biography posted on the division's Web site, she credited her background in theater and sales as helping her in her job as trade show manager. That post encompassed selling space, coordinating show logistics, investigating cities, negotiating contracts and preparing the exhibitor's kit.
Barr earned an associate of arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College in 1973. She is survived by her husband, Don Barr; sons Damian and Brendan; and her daughter-in-law, Brendan's wife Alicia.
Funeral arrangements haven't been announced yet. To pass along condolences to the family contact Ed Miller, Rubber Division executive director, at [email protected]