In honor of Barbara, please join us for a gathering to celebrate her memory with laughter and love.
Celebration of Life
Friday, May 19, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm
103 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Please wear fun, festive colors or white
Dr. Barbara J. Molette touched many lives with her intellect, vision, wit, compassion and grace. Her greatest love was her family. She is survived by her life partner, best friend, travel buddy, co-author and husband of 56 years, Dr. Carlton Molette. She has two devoted daughters Carla Molette-Ogden (son-in-law Christopher) and Andrea Molette Bradford (son-in-law Bryon). Her joy and legacy are her grandchildren Courtney and Conrad Ogden. She is also survived by her loving sister Bessie Edwards, brother Baxter Roseburr (sister-in-law Linda), sister-in-law Mary Roseburr, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and many others who adored her like a Mother.
Barbara was a voracious reader, scholar and entrepreneur that loved to travel the world. She savored experiences, people, food and good times. She was a sculptor, painter, award-winning costume designer and prolific writer. She was a tai chi instructor and practiced reiki. She not only had a creative flair, she also loved math and science. She always wanted to use both sides of her brain, so she spent many weekends with her girls creating science experiments. She enjoyed games and played chess, scrabble, and bid whist with aplomb.
She was a model and actress growing up in Los Angeles, starring in high school and college plays. Little known fact: Barbara made appearances in “Imitation of Life” starring Lana Turner and in “Bright Road” starring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge.
Barbara was best known professionally for her contribution to the theatre. Through her writing, she expressed herself in ways she never imagined growing up. She wrote with historical and cultural detail, but her true love was comedy. She enjoyed elaborately woven blue tales that evoked vivid visuals. The best ones made her laugh out loud so hard that it would take her several minutes to regain her composure.
She prided herself on her writing partnership with her husband, Carlton. Together they wrote more than 20 plays, 2 books and countless other scholarly works, poems and short stories. The world knew them as a team and recognized their unique collaboration. Most recently they received the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival’s Theatre Legend Award; National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award; Black Theatre Network’s Lifetime Membership Award; Working Title Playwrights’ Ethel Woolson Award for their play “Legacy” and the Connecticut Arts Council Award for their play “Prudence”.
She was a university professor whose influence spanned 5 continents. As a professor, she taught thousands of students over 50 years at Spelman College, Texas Southern University, Morgan State University, Baltimore City Community College and Eastern Connecticut State University. She attended Spelman College, received her bachelor’s from Florida A&M University and she was awarded the first M.F.A. degree in Theatre from Florida State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and was later recognized as a distinguished alumna. She retired as Professor Emerita at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she served as Chair of the English Department.
Dr. Barbara Molette will always be remembered as a generous, gentle soul.
St. Regis Hotel
88 West Paces Ferry Road
$299 per night
(877) 787-3447 or (404) 563-7900
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The Molette Family
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in her honor to Drs. Barbara and Carlton Molette Scholarship Fund, please click here to donate online s.uconn.edu/molettefund
If you prefer to donate by mail, please make your check payable to: The University of Connecticut Foundation. Write on the memo line: Drs. Barbara and Carlton Molette Scholarship Fund. Mail to: 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3206.
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Grand Hyatt Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Rd NE
$159 per night
January 31, 1940 - March 9, 2017
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3332 Peachtree Road, N.E.
$149 per night
(800) 604-5954 or (404) 869-0818
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