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Lisa Frances Barclay, Ph.D.
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Grace Church Cathedral
    98 Wentworth St.
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Gifts or donations may be made to:
  • University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
    Office of Philanthropy and Alumni, c/o Tressa Neal
    1451 University Drive
    Lexington, KY 40522

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“Lisa you were a lovely lady and will be missed by all of us at CCR. Thank you for all your contributions to help us grow. You will be missed. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Gwendolyn Fish - Charleston, SC

“First met Jim and Lisa at NDEA summer conference in Pocatello, Idaho. Then again in the Ed Psych Dept.at UK. We also hada home on Edisto. ...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Janice Harman - CHarleston, SD

“It is with great fondness, I remember my godmother Lisa. She was particularly important and piecing together some of the memories of my own mother,...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Steven Dost - Vancouver, WA

“It is with great fondness, I remember my godmother Lisa. She was particularly important and piecing together some of the memories of my own mother,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Steven Dost - Vancouver, WA

“I was mainly a T.A. to Jim. Visited the Barclays in KY. Greg somehow tossed a cat to Lisa. The cat freaked, and Lisa was furious. She calmed down and...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Edgar Gallardo - Hayward, CA

“After my graduation from the university of Kentucky in 1975, I kept frequent contact with Barclays family,. Both Lisa Barclay and James Barclay were...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Wu-Tien Wu - Taipei, Taiwan

“Lulla, my wife, and I first met Lisa and Jim at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She was finishing up her coursework for her doctorate....Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Sam Shermis - Bloomington, IN

“Lisa was such a great lady and a true friend over many years. She will be missed but the world is a better place for her having lived in it. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Jo Ann Gerst - WINSTON SALEM, NC


Lisa Kurcz Barclay, Ph.D, 86, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of James Ralph Barclay, entered into eternal rest Monday, May 27, 2019. Pending further arrangements from the family, Her Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, June 28th in Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street at 1:00 p.m. with entombment in Magnolia Cemetery following the service. The family will receive friends on Friday at Dockside Club Room for a memorial reception from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Lisa was born June 18, 1932 in Vienna, Austria, daughter of the late Rudolf Kurcz and Maria Rixner Kurcz. She attended the University of Michigan where she met her loving husband Jim. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Michigan and then continued with an advanced degree from Stanford University. She continued her career at the University of Kentucky as an associate professor where she taught for 22 years. She published many articles and authored one book on "Infant and Early Child Development" which was universally used as an educational text throughout the country. Upon retirement, she and her husband relocated to Charleston, a community they proudly called home for the past 28 years. Her later years found her active with several organizations, Creative Center for Retirement (CCR) as well as Dining for Women. Recently, she was a contributor of some delicious Viennese Recipes for the Post and Courier.

Lisa is survived by her younger sister, Edith Jayne of York, England, daughter, Anne Barclay Filler (Larry) of Windham, NH; three sons: Robert Barclay (Deborah) of Fernandina Beach, FL; Gregory Barclay (Sally) of Wilmington, DE and Christopher Barclay (Alyson) of St. Louis, MO; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren and two nephews.

Local Memorials may be made to Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or alternatively in recognition of Lisa's dedication to advancement of education, an endowed scholarship fund. The "Lisa K Barclay Family Studies Scholarship in Human Environmental Sciences" has been established.

Gifts /donations to this fund may be mailed to:
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Office of Philanthropy and Alumni
c/o Tressa Neal
1451 University Drive
Lexington, KY 40522