Barbara L. Economos, 50, HCC painting instructor

December 07, 2004

Barbara L. Economos, a painting instructor at Harford Community College and founder of The Face of Courage, a traveling art exhibition featuring portraits of rescue workers who lost their lives during the Sept 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack, died of a brain tumor Nov. 30 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. The White Hall resident was 50.

Born Barbara L. Marcus at Fort Dix, N.J., the daughter of a career military officer, she was raised in Germany and San Francisco. Mrs. Economos earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1974 from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1983, she earned a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mrs. Economos -- who used her maiden name professionally -- was a faculty member of the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1981 to 1999, teaching painting and drawing. Since 1999, she had taught painting at HCC.

After the Sept. 11 attack, Mrs. Economos and her husband of 30 years, Michael E. Economos, established The Face Of Courage project, which honored rescue workers who lost their lives in the disaster with realistic portraits presented to surviving family members. The couple completed 23 of the 60 portraits that have been touring the nation for the last three years and were aided in their work with contributions from 33 other American artists.

Mrs. Economos, whose brain tumor was diagnosed in October, enjoyed painting, riding horses, flower gardening and cooking French cuisine.

Services were Saturday.

In addition to her husband, who has taught painting at MICA for 40 years, Mrs. Economos is survived by her mother, Peggy Marcus, and a brother, Jeffrey Marcus, both of McLean, Va.

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