Soror Barbara Allison Cassius
Barbara Allison Cassius, (Barb) was born on November 8, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Barbara Jean and Donald Anthony Cassius. Barb’s chapter closed on May 29, 2018 after her courageous battle with cancer.
Affectionately known as “Babs” to her family she attended St. Joan Antida Catholic High School, an all-girl secondary school noted for academic excellence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the family had moved. Barb’s scholastic achievement in high school led to her acceptance at Marquette University where she received a Liberal Arts degree.
After completion of her undergraduate studies, warmer weather beckoned and Barb was off to California to start her professional career at the University of California - Berkeley as a research assistant. She subsequently moved to Southern California where she was employed as an analyst for the City of San Diego.
Always seeking new challenges, Barb continued her academic pursuits at National University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and a Master of Science degree in Special Education. Barb excelled in a rigorous student-teacher training program and was appointed as a full-time teacher by the San Diego Unified School District.
Barb was soon promoted to a Cluster Resource Teacher. In this position, she collaborated with school administrators and other educators to develop and implement cutting-edge instructional programs to help improve the achievement of students with disabilities.
Over her 22-year career, Barb taught hundreds of students. She is best known for her rapport with students and her superbly organized classes. Barb was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa “Outstanding Educator of the Year” award in 2009 which recognized her tireless devotion to the field of education.
In addition to teaching, Barb served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Voices for Children program. As a CASA volunteer, Barb represented children who were referred to the San Diego Juvenile Courts for foster care. She meticulously guided each case through the complex foster care system, always for the best interests of the child.
Barbara was a passionate traveler whose magnificent adventures included trips to the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, and the Ivory Coast, etc. She often recalled her visit to the “House of Slaves” and the “Door of No Return” on Gore Island, Senegal as being one of the most awe-inspiring and emotional events of her lifetime.
Barb was an active member of the Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a charter member of the San Diego Chapter of the Girl Friends, Inc. She also volunteered much of her time to the Southeast Cluster unit if the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. Barb was a long-time member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church of San Diego.