Barbara “Barb” Shiffer, like a true Nyack Warrior, fought the good fight. She finished the race. She kept the faith until she went to her heavenly home on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Though she came from a family of five children, the oldest and the only girl, her extended family at Nyack meant everything to her. For 46 years, the Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary campus family was blessed with the devoted service of the Moscow, PA native. Students, faculty, staff and administrators all had the privilege of interacting with Barb. During her tenure, she served with six different presidents, beginning with Dr. Harold W. Boon, and six different treasurers, beginning with Mr. Leland R. Harper.
Not only could she be found at her desk in the Business Office, but Barb was a mainstay of the campus. She would be seen in the bleachers at Bowman Gymnasium, in Pardington Hall’s Olson Auditorium for chapel service or concerts, at any number of Warrior sporting events, Homecoming Weekend, year-end luncheons and so much more.
Barb was the recipient of numerous Nyack service awards. Though she did not come to the College as a student, she was presented with the 2005 Alumna of the Year Service Award at an Alumni and Friends Luncheon during the C&MA Council in Cincinnati, OH. This honorary status reflects just how invaluable she was to the institution and to its people.
The campus yearbook, Missionarian, was dedicated to her in 2000. A heartwarming tribute describes her as “loved and respected by her colleagues” and as “being the soul of discretion” on confidential matters. Revealing her endearing personality, the dedication author wrote, “Lest you think she walks on water, you should know she has been known to engage in water pistol fights with some of her close friends.”
Ever selflessly serving, Barb Shiffer’s generosity reached beyond the campus and into the surrounding community where for a time she was a guest receptionist at Nyack Hospital, a volunteer in the children’s mid-week program and summer Vacation Bible School at then Simpson Memorial Church in downtown Nyack.
After her retirement from the College staff, she relocated to Fort Myers, FL and became a resident of Shellpoint Retirement Community. Her departure for the land of palm trees and flamingos in 2016 was the beginning of a well-earned new chapter of her life. No doubt she heard the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” For our dear Barb Shiffer, eternity has begun.