Obituary for Dr. Barbara S Cambridge

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Dr. Barbara S Cambridge

October 30, 1938 - September 26, 2019

On the 30th of October 1938, Barbara Evaughn Samuels Cambridge was born to Thomas Hayes Samuels and Lorretta Roberts Samuels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Eugene Cambridge in 1974. Her father and mother preceded her in death. Her twin brother and only sibling, Billy D. Samuels, preceded her in death in August 2019.

Barbara was privileged to have two children: Gene Cambridge and Gianni Latrelle Cambridge and three grandchildren, Zachary Cambridge Haynes, Blake Cambridge and Andrew Cambridge. She also had a loving relationship with her daughter-in-Love, Tamiko Syrie Cambridge. Theirs was a close-knit family full of laughter, fun and travel experiences.

Growing up in Augusta, GA, Barbara attended Silas X. Floyd Elementary School and graduated from Lucy C. Laney High School. In high school, she was a cheerleader and in the Debate Club. Barbara attended North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. This is where she met her future husband, Gene. In 1962, She received a Master of Social Work degree from The Atlanta College in Atlanta, GA. A Ph.D. in Sociology from Golden State University in Golden State, CA was conferred on her in 1983. She was a Certified Life Coach.

In 1962, Barbara and Gene moved to Dallas. There, she became involved in the life of the city, weaving her-God given talents and abilities into the fabric of the life of the people in Dallas and surrounding communities.

Barbara’s Christian walk began at Bethel AME Church in Augusta, GA and served in the Missionary Society. After moving to Dallas, TX, she and her family were members of St. Philips Episcopal Church and Epiphany Episcopal Church. She was a long-time member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. At St. George’s, Barbara was a member of the Vestry, Choir, a founding member of the Beckley Senior Connection and served on the board and numerous committees of the Episcopal Dioceses of Dallas. For the past 13 years, she has been a faithful member of Friendship West Baptist Church where she supported the founding of the counseling center. She was pleased that her children were involved in church and religious activities and were regular in attendance for worship and service to the church and the community.

In 1957, Barbara became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated through Alpha Phi Chapter on the campus of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC. It was in 2007 that Barbara became a Golden Member of the Sorority. She was a Life Member who exhibited a keen interest in all programs that improved the lives of girls and women. Beginning in 1980, she was involved in the following committees and programs of Alpha Xi Omega Chapter: Economic Empowerment, Camp Jubilee, Encounters’ Youth Group, Scholarship, Protocol, Membership, Fashionetta, the Choraliers, Voter Registration, the Black Family and HBCU for Life #CAP. Other community involvement included The Dallas Summit and membership in the NAACP.

Barbara was a social worker, psychotherapist, certified personal life coach, author, lecturer, consultant, storyteller, and trailblazer. Her first trail led to Hope Cottage where she began her social work career. She then moved to UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1969, and became the first African-American faculty member – an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She directed a family planning program for 12 years and worked on a wide range of services for women and their families before retiring from an exemplary academic career in 2013.

As a national and international lecturer and trainer, Barbara provided education and training for schools, community groups and religious and nonprofit organizations for more than 35 years. Her areas of training expertise included: ethics, interpersonal relationships, grief recovery, stress and time management, communications, self esteem building, customer relations, women in the work force, effective parenting, and strategic planning.

Her passion and interests in the development and enhancement of self-esteem in children, girls and women spanned her entire career. Barbara was a writer, story teller and motivator. She was a highly sought-after speaker and trainer. In 1987, Barbara published her first book, “And This I Know,” a book of affirmations for children. The second book, “BELOVED,” a colorful illustrated book of affirmations, presented a serious message for children and those who loved and cared for them. It was published in August, 2006.

Barbara’s trails off campus were equally notable as she devoted her endless volunteer energy to numerous community boards and committees, especially for those organizations that fed, housed, educated, empowered, protected, and provided healthcare to low income women and children.

Barbara had a particular passion and concern for the women with HIV/AIDS, and she went down the path that few were willing to walk in the mid-1980’s. She rejected the fear, ignorance, and exclusionary behavior of the times and instead facilitated the longest continually operating support group of women with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. for 11 years. And, she helped launch what is today a successful nonprofit organization with many components, many clients, and many supporters – AIDS Arms. She gave unselfish of her service to a significant number of nonprofit boards.

Barbara received numerous awards for her expertise, contributions and commitment to the enhancement and empowerment of women, especially women of color and women with limited educational and financial resources. Among those honors included: Women Helping Women (1990), The Women’s Center; Texas Social Worker of the Year (1993), Texas National Alliance of Social Workers; Distinguished Alumni Award (1993), Leadership Dallas; Paul J. Harris Distinguished Service Award (1998), Market Center Rotary Club; Extra Mile Award (1998), United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Unsung Hero Award (1999), Dallas Real Estate Council; Women of Spirit award (2000), American Jewish Congress; Women In Leadership Award (2006), Women’ s Symposium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Children’s Champion Award (2003), Leadership Dallas; Gail Reese Ward Mentoring Award (2006) Women’s Symposium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Women Who Make a Difference Award (2006), My Second Chance, Inc.; Life Time Achievement Award (2008), Ryan White Service Providers Council, Dallas County; Passing the Torch: Legacy Award (2009), Dallas Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas; the Sojourner Truth Award from the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.; and the Ambassador Award from St. Phillips School and Community Center.

Dr. Barbara Cambridge was regarded as the “go to” person when you really wanted to know what was going on in our community. She loved what she did and shared her knowledge. You could fill volumes with Barbara’s sage advice, but here are two zingers: “Always ask the questions that are not on the agenda,” and “Do what you can do the way you can do it. It doesn’t require a degree. It just requires your heart and your work.”

Her life will be cherished and emulated by her children: Gene Cambridge, Dallas, TX and Gianni Latrelle Cambridge, Dallas, TX; her three grandsons: Zachary, Blake and Andrew; Daughter-in-Love, Tamiko Syrie Cambridge (Dallas, TX). She also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, other beloved family members, and many close personal friends.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
6-7pm, Friday, October 4, 2019
Friendship-West Baptist Church
2020 W. Wheatland Road
Dallas, Texas 75232

WAKE: 7-8pm, Friday, October 4, 2019
Friendship-West Baptist Church
2020 W. Wheatland Road
Dallas, Texas 75232

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm

Friendship West Baptist Church


2020 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas, TX, 75232

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Born: October 30, 1938
May 28, 2014
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Died: September 26, 2019

Condolences for Dr. Barbara S Cambridge

Barbara R. Landix posted on 2/16/20

I wish to express my sincere condolences to Latrell, Gene and the entire Cambridge family. The Dallas community has truly lost a valuable treasure. Barbara's contributions to the human service community were enormous. She was well respected by all and her voice of wisdom and reason will be sorely missed. She was my personal friend, mentor and colleague. She had so much love and pride in her children and grand children. My dear friend will be greatly missed. I know that God has welcomed her into the gates of heaven. Barbara Ricard Landix


Carolyn Mitchell posted on 12/2/19

I was unaware that Dr. Cambridge had passed away. I knew her as so many did as being "That One" who kept her hand on the pulse of the community. I worked on several HIV projects with her in the 90's and she was instrumental in me sitting on the Dallas Ryan White Committee. Dr. Cambridge was a mentor to me as well as one of my cherished SHEROES. I will keep her memory in my heart and thoughts. Please accept my sincere condolences.


Anna Pereida posted on 10/5/19

Like so many others, my life was changed by Dr Cambridge. I will miss her wisdom, her spirit, her humor, her grace, and her honesty. She helped me to let my light shine because she was such a fearless advocate and so supportive. When you follow such a leader, it gives you a strength that you didn’t know before you met her—she always made me feel like I could do anything, which she no doubt believed because she had been able to do so much in her life. The world has lost a great warrior, but she leaves behind so many people whose lives she changed that her legacy lives on.


Gwendolyn McFarland Galloway posted on 10/5/19

I had the privilege of working with Barbara Cambridge for many years in the OB/GYN Department of Maternal Health and Family Planning at UT Southwestern. The experience is one that I will never forget. She definitely made a positive impact on my life and many others. Barbara honestly cared about people and that trait was shown in her work and personal life. May the God of tender mercies and the God of all comfort be with the family at this time of sadness.


Stephen Heartwell posted on 10/4/19

Barbara believed that access to safe, unbiased, high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare is a universal human right. Her mission at UT Southwestern was to empower women seen in our community based clinics to access our services regardless of identity, personal circumstances, or income. Her focus always remained on supporting access to care for every person in Dallas county who needs it regardless of the shifting cultural and political climate. As a mentor she taught me the principles of access, equity, and reproductive justice ,lessons that made a positive difference in my life and in the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of women in Dallas County. She will be missed but always remembered for the contributions she made to my life and others.


Claudia DeShay posted on 10/4/19

Dr. Cambridge will live long and strong in my heart and in the hearts of the many, many people that she blessed through her giving heart. Her family, her community, her former colleagues - all of the people whose lives she blessed - we shall always remember and love her. That love also extends to her family; peace and love to her children and grandchildren.


The Mitchell Family -from Mystic Trail posted on 10/4/19

Our prayers and thoughts will remain with this loving family. So grateful to God for having her as well as her late husband in our lives. We didn't just baby sit the children, but we were a family connected by God. Her winning smile, her wisdom in dealing with children's education, her consistent attitude of respect for seniors, and many other favored attributes will be sorely missed. Lovingly yours, Dalphine


Lottye Brodsky Lyle posted on 10/4/19

Barbara was one of my heroines. She knew what to say and when to say it and you always felt more enlightened and comforted after she spoke . She was and will remain a role model for people who strive to do better and who try to leave the world a better place. I will miss her wit and her wisdom.


George Wendel posted on 10/4/19

I had the privilege to know and work with Barbara at UT Southwestern and Parkland for nearly 40 years. She always devoted herself to and advocated for women who were marginalized by society or the healthcare system: pregnant teenagers, pregnant women with addictions and women with HIV. Her efforts to empower women to choose come to Parkland clinics for care and trust the medical team helped an entire generation of mothers and babies be born without HIV transmission. I learned from her story-telling and wisdom about how to care for people more than just treat their medical conditions. Barbara helped me be a better doctor and a better person. I’ll always carry her wisdom in my memories and her passion in my heart.


Carolyn Puyol posted on 10/4/19

i will forever keep you in my heart your encouraging words will stay with our family.for ever.


M Bedford posted on 10/3/19

Soror Barbara’s beautiful light will shine forever in my memory. Martha Chiles Bedford


Judy Wagers posted on 10/3/19

Barbara Cambridge had a long career at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital. She joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Maternal Health and Family Planning Division in 1969 as Director of Social Services and also worked in the genetics clinics as a social worker. In 1976 she became the first female African-American Associate Professor at UT Southwestern. An Advocate for women living with HIV and AIDs, in 2009, the Texas State Senate recognized Barbara for her passion, commitment and leadership in addressing issues that negatively impact women and the community. Today, if you visit the Labor and Delivery floor at Parkland Memorial Hospital, you will find Barbara Cambridge among the leaders in Obstetrics and Gynecology on the display "Mentors and Milestones in Obstetrics and Gynecology". A fitting tribute to a woman who did so much for so many. Thank you, Barbara. You will be missed!


Gordon Green, MD posted on 10/2/19

We will never forget your effervescent personality; your unfailing, astringent humor; and above all, your great heart. Thank you for the memories!


Ronald Stinson posted on 10/1/19

Thank you for your beautiful insight and advice, your willingness to avail yourself to assist in the Health, Social Services, and Mental Health areas; making us laugh along the way, and being so proud of you! You have now received your greatest award-you are with GOD! --Ron Stinson


Connie Buford posted on 10/1/19

Buford family have in our prayers, remember God will give you what you need. We will for ever cherise the knowledge and strength she gave us!


john johnson posted on 10/1/19

"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget" John and Ella Johnson


Janelle Ellis posted on 9/30/19

Barbara and I became strong friends over the last 20 years having met at Dallas Summit events. 6 years ago she attended many of my classes at El Centro College because she loved the varied writing assignments plus the fun the 2 of us had after class; she sat way in the back and watched the interaction closely and would often share stories---a few students graduated because of special attention from her. I place her high on my GODDESS list: she simply glowed with grace and goodness. Those of us in her web of warmth are richly blessed. Special prayers for her precious family.


John Terry posted on 9/30/19

The sadness you are feeling is felt by loved ones around you and across the country. May you find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. John Q. and Eugenia G. Terry Lucy C. Laney High School Classmates 1956


Jae Williams posted on 9/28/19

My condolences to the family. May you be comforted by the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials.


SANDRA posted on 9/28/19

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Alice Meshack posted on 9/27/19

My prayers are with you and your family.


AliceMeshack posted on 9/27/19

Such a LOVELY LADY 💕! I met Dr. Cambridge working at Vogel Alcove. Dr. Cambridge shared a lot of her knowledge and books with me, she’s such POSITIVE LADY. Even in retirement, I would call her just to say hello and talk about how we used to drink tea.