BLUE HILL and VERO BEACH, Fla. – Cynthia Coggan Barber, 90, a lifelong summer resident of Blue Hill, died peacefully June 26, 2010, in Vero Beach, Fla. Cynthia was born March 24, 1920, in Boston, the third child of Maude and Linus Coggan, and was raised in Hingham, Mass. She enjoyed spending summers at her grandparent’s home on Peter’s Point, Blue Hill, where she developed a deep connection to and fond memories of Blue Hill’s residents, history and beauty. She spent many summers on Parker Point and would later buy a home in Blue Hill Falls. She was a lifelong member of Blue Hill Country Club and Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club and introduced many friends to the area. She was educated at Derby Academy, Hingham, Mass., Emma Willard, Troy, N.Y., and Smith College, where upon graduation, she was presented with a special prize for English by her favorite poet, Robert Frost. She furthered her love for poetry, and her poems have appeared in the New York Herald Tribune and New York Times. One of her favorite poems, The Year of the Cemetery, appeared in New Voices in American Poetry – 1984 by the Vantage Press. Cynthia met her future husband, Arthur L. Barber, during a summer in Blue Hill while he was researching the Abenaki Indians as part of an archeology group from Phillips Academy Andover. They were married Jan. 2, 1946, in Englewood, N.J., and settled in nearby Alpine, where they raised their family. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur L. Barber; her brother, Sidney Coggan; and her sister, Jean Becton. Cynthia is survived by three children, Alison Gillen of Vero Beach, Fla., Tyler Barber of Williamsburg, Va., and Shelby Tranter of Boynton Beach, Fla.; as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A private family service is planned for later in the year. Contributions in her name may be sent to Blue Hill Historical Society, P.O. Box 710, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or Blue Hill Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME 04614.
CYNTHIA COGGAN BARBER
Posted June 27, 2010, at 7:09 p.m.