Flora Stone Mather Graduate Celebrates 75 Years of Trailblazing

A portrait photo of Barbara Hinebaugh FSM '42

Barbara Hinebaugh FSM ’42

Barbara Hinebaugh FSM ’42 is celebrating the 75th anniversary of her graduation from Flora Stone Mather College.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Barbara graduated with majors in sociology and psychology. 

After completing her degree, Barbara initially worked in an aircraft-manufacturing plant during World War II and learned to fly a plane.  Then, in 1945, Barbara and her late husband Grover settled in Lake County Florida where they owned a mobile-home park and a citrus grove.  The couple started a family and raised three children there.

The Hinebaughs purchased life insurance policies for their children, and wanting to understand every detail of the policies, Barbara continued to press her insurance agent for answers until he threw up his hands and asked “Why don’t you become an agent yourself?” Thus in 1968, Barbara began her trailblazing journey as a successful agent with New York Life, where she broke barriers in Central Florida becoming the first female Certified Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and member of the Million Dollar Round Table.  Perhaps even more remarkably, at age 96, Barbara continues to run an agency, advising her clients in insurance and investment strategies while carving out plenty of time for an active social life in The Villages, Florida. 

Barbara has been a loyal donor to the Flora Stone Mather Annual Fund for more than two decades, and always the planner, has included the university in her estate plan.  We salute Barbara for her lifetime of achievements and for her commitment to the next generation of empowered graduates from Case Western Reserve University.

A gift to the annual fund for the College of Arts and Sciences, The College Fund, provides critical, unrestricted support that can be directed toward the college’s most pressing needs. Whether that’s emergency scholarship support, research start-up funding, or bringing lecturers to campus, to name a few possibilities; your gift will make an immediate impact.

Is CWRU included in your estate plan? Planned giving services are confidential and collaborative, and they are provided without obligation. Let us know how we can assist you by contacting one of our planned giving professionals.