Barbara Kent Trevett
SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Barbara Kent Trevett, 68, a former resident of Winchester, TX, passed away on March 12, 2013 in San Antonio, TX, after living with ovarian cancer for eight years.
Barbara was born in Providence, RI in 1944. She spent her formative years in Rumford before receiving her undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, DC and her Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Boston University.
A passionate believer in the power of research, Barbara participated in 12 clinical trials in her four years in Texas and encouraged other patients to do the same. She felt it was her duty to the next generation to help test new approaches to clinical care even while fighting her own disease.
She brought to this struggle a positive attitude, engaging humor and an overwhelming purpose to defeat cancer. She rallied other patients at the START Center, where she was treated, to adopt a "can do" attitude in their own fights.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Kenneth, the president and CEO of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute; three children, Kimberly Gray and husband, Stacey of Bar Harbor, Dennison Trevett and wife, Jenifer, of Winchester, MA, Tanya Viti, and husband, Michael, of Winchester, MA; seven grandchildren, Mark and Jordan Pelletier, Morgan and Caroline Trevett, and Olivia, Ella and Sienna Viti; four brothers and eight nieces and nephews.
She was zealous in her love for her family, encouraging them both to achieve and to be good citizens. She was mentor and friend to them all.
She is pre-deceased by her parents, Hudson Earle Kent and Barbara Burt Kent.
Barbara had a highly productive, 30-year career as a medical/science writer and media relations professional. Among other issues she handled, Barbara was the chief spokesperson for The Jackson Laboratory in 1989 when a major portion of the facility burned down, attracting international press attention. Because of her responsiveness to members of the news media and her insistence on not "spinning" the facts, she was honored with the creation of the Barbara Trevett Fund for the Future by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, to which memorial contributions may be directed in lieu of flowers (CASW, P.O. Box 910, Hedgesville, WV 25427). The fund supports educational programs for journalists about innovative science.
Barbara will be buried in Winchester, MA where the Trevetts first met and were married.