Barbara Burkhart Garcia, 86, a resident of Belle Meade in Southern Pines, NC died on Sunday, April 23 after a short illness.

Mrs. Garcia was born in Lancaster, PA., the daughter of the late Paul T. and Ruth Burkhart. She spent her formative years in New Cumberland, PA., graduating from high school in 1954.  A graduate of Gettysburg College in 1958 she earned her Master’s at Pennsylvania State University.  After settling in the Albany, NY area, she became the assistant dean the graduate studies at SUNY Albany.  There she met Joe Garcia, her husband, the director of Athletics at SUNY.  Barbara and Joe retired to Foxfire, NC in 1987.  

She is survived by her brother Paul T. Burkhart, Jr. of Southampton, NY; her step-son Michael Garcia and his wife Jennifer and their children Jessica Cobley and Ben Garcia and by step-daughter Rebecca Belding, and her children Megan Belding and Matt Belding.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund, Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs, 300 W. Morgan St, Ste #1200, Durham, NC 27701.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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