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Barbara Poor Learoyd, 91, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) in Heathwood Health Care Center, Amherst, after a long illness.

The Buffalo resident was born in Salem, Mass., and was a 1930 graduate of Boston University, where she was captain of the debate team.

She wanted to be a teacher, but because jobs were scarce during the Depression, she created the role of "Priscilla Peuquot," representing Peuquot Mills and speaking to women's clubs about textiles.

Later jobs included teaching, registrar at Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Mass., executive secretary of the New England Camping Association and director of Winnemont, a camp for girls in Ossipee, N.H. She was active in the American Association of University Women and the Zonta Club.

After moving to Buffalo in 1970, she became active in the Women's Society of Unitarian Universalist Church and served as president for several years. She also was a member of the College Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Jamieson of Buffalo; a brother, Roger Poor of Danvers, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Church, Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry Street.

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