Memorial created 02-20-2012 by
Eileen S. Tarcay
August 26 1914 - February 18 2012
This online memorial was created in loving memory of Eileen Tarcay, whose life story will be told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Eileen's guest book, share memories of Eileen and let us know you came to visit.
Eileen Tarcay (nee Schultz) born August 26, 1914 in Hiawatha, UT, passed away February 18, 2012 in Salt Lake City after a long illness. She married twice, to Josiah M. Barr and to Nuri Tarcay, both deceased. She is survived by her daughter, Kim Barr, of Salt Lake City, Utah, her grandson Mitchell McKain and 3 great-grandsons, also living in Salt Lake City, and a granddaughter, Shauna McKain-Storey, living in Beaverton, Oregon.A graduate with a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Utah, Eileen pursued a long and varied career in teaching, at the primary, secondary and college level. Early in her career she taught adolescents in Idaho and in Utah. A stint of teaching at the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah, made a big impression on her, as did her service with the U. S. Weather Bureau during WWII. She taught foreign students for several years in the U.S. and in Istanbul, Turkey. She taught English on the faculty of Coppin State College in Baltimore, MD from 1967-1979. She was often swept up in the politics of those years and engaged with her students and friends in the idealism and disappointments of the civil rights and women's liberation movements. She also wrote scholarly articles and poetry for publication.
After retirement, she led a full and busy life, devoting more time to poetry and to work as a freelance writer and editor. She was active in several literary and education organizations: the Baltimore Writers Alliance; the Maryland local of the National Writers' Union; the Maryland State Poetry and Literary Society; the American Association of University Women (AAUW,) as well as various civic projects, such as the Baltimore Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture. Eileen had always loved to travel and was delighted to be able to tour Italy, France and Great Britain during the 1980's, and continued to travel around the U.S to visit friends and family and to revisit places she enjoyed, like the museums and theatres of New York City and San Francisco. She also gave much of her time and energy to support and encourage family, friends and former students, as well as young writers whom she had met.She wrote many literary and human interest articles on subjects in which she was passionately interested, such as education, travel and the writers Margaret Fuller, Stanley Kunitz, Pablo Neruda and Lucille Clifton. She wrote a column in The Western Humanities Review for 12 years and many book reviews for The Baltimore Sun. She also wrote and had published many poems, several of which may be seen on the "Poems" page.
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