Dr. Barbara (Wiener) Raisbeck

Scarborough, ME – Dr. Barbara (Wiener) Raisbeck, 88, of Piper Shores, died on Saturday, September 24, 2016. She was the wife of the late Gordon Raisbeck. 

Barbara was born on February 7, 1928 in Arlington, MA a daughter of the late Norbert & Marguerite (Engemann) Wiener. After graduating from high school, Barbara went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University School of Journalism and then earned her PhD in Biology from Brandeis University. 

Barbara had a career in journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter. She published many short stories and poems.  While raising five children, Barbara worked toward a PhD in biology. She also had a career in science working as a professor of biology and doing research in the field of insect physiology. 

Barbara was a member of the League of Woman Voters, a member and past president of the Portland Club, and belonged to many literary and book clubs. 

A voracious reader, Barbara always had a book in hand and another in her bag. She continued to write stories and articles long into retirement. Barbara enjoyed exploring local history, and restoring and decorating her Victorian homes.  Barbara was a lover of animals, and cared for her dogs as long as she had the strength. 

She is survived by her children, Michael Raisbeck of Chelmsford, MA; Lucy Trombley of Grand Isle, VT; Alison Lanman of Portland, ME; and James Raisbeck of Lowell, MA.  She also leaves twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by beloved son Timothy Raisbeck. 


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State Street Portland, ME.

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