Barbara Lovin


It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Barbara Keelor Lovin announce her passing on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the age of 82.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Cliff; her parents Howard and Bernice; and her brother, Rick.

She is lovingly remembered by her four stepchildren, April Lovin and Scott Cain, Ramsey and Dr. LouAnn Lovin, Dr. Mary Beth Lovin, and Sarah Lovin and Chris Fitzgerald; six grandchildren, Nathan and Jacob Lovin, William Greenhill, and Nora, Lois and Ingrid Fitzgerald; four surviving siblings, Pat Michael (Terry), Ginny Hanick (David), David Keelor (Anne), Tom Keelor (Patti); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Barbara spent her young life in Cleveland, Ohio attending St. Augustine High School and Western Reserve University. As an adult, she found her passion in North Carolina where she met and married Cliff Lovin and was a member of the faculty of Western Carolina University College of Applied Sciences from 1983 until her retirement in 2001. Barbara first served as a program director for the Emergency Medical Care program and then department head. During this esteemed tenure, Barbara earned a doctorate degree from Columbia University. The Barbara Lovin Award for Academic Excellence is presented to a graduating senior at WCU each spring.

Barbara and Cliff were world travelers who had an extraordinary number of adventures spanning many countries from China to Europe to the U.S. They were avid golfers perfecting their rounds in North Carolina and Florida. Barbara and Cliff were also great baseball fans following the Cubs and the Indians across the U.S. Their love for one another was based on a mutual love of family, knowledge, adventure and joy.

In keeping with Barbara’s wishes, the family will hold a private ceremony.

Memorials may be made to Dr. Lovin’s Award for Academic Excellence through the fund for WCU: select “other” and designate “Lovin-Belcher Endowment Fund.”