Obituary: Barbara Tucker, longtime Detroit Symphony volunteer and fundraiser, League board member, 98

Posted on: January 13, 2021

Arts advocate, fundraiser, and fashion consultant Barbara (Bebe Lou) Tucker, a resident of the Detroit area for over 60 years, died on December 16, 2020 in Maumee, Ohio. She was 98. Tucker was deeply involved with Detroit-area arts organizations, among them the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she held multiple leadership positions in the orchestra’s volunteer groups. She served on the Board of Trustees for DSO Orchestra Hall and was an active member of the Michigan Orchestra Association, the National Women’s Board of Northwood Institute, Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan, the Arts Foundation of Michigan, and the Governors Arts Awards. In 1964 she represented the Detroit Symphony as part of the League of American Orchestras’ newly established Volunteer Council, and also served as Volunteer Council president. She supported the League for many years and served on the League’s Board of Directors. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Tucker worked in the fashion industry in New York City before marrying Richard Tucker in 1952. They moved to Detroit, where she worked in the fashion industry and began years of volunteer service to the Detroit community. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Blakley. At present, no memorial is planned because of COVID-19 restrictions. Click here for a complete obituary.