July 6, 1936 – July 20, 2016
Barbara A. Holdridge of West Seneca, a cancer researcher, died Wednesday at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park after a lengthy illness. She was 80.
Born in Corbin, Ky., she graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1954. She received a bachelor’s degree in science and physics from D’Youville College in 1958 and did graduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Buffalo.
While at Emory, she was part of a team studying kidneys and blood chemistry.
When Ms. Holdridge moved back to Buffalo, she received an entry-level position at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She studied human mammalian genetics as a research scientist there for 38 years.
At Roswell Park, she received the first Outstanding Employee Honor in the Scientific Community and authored or co-authored more than 25 publications. Her research was her life until she retired in 2001.
Ms. Holdridge was a member of the National Genetics Association, the American Association of Laboratory Scientists and Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca.
She was known to be a great host to her friends. She loved cooking and collecting antique pottery and furniture.
She also was a dog lover and kept about 11 different breeds over the past five decades.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Alan Parker.
Funeral arraignments are incomplete.