Mariana Higbie Barker

1880- April 24, 1967

Born in Newark, graduate of Smith College 1901.

President of the Board of Babies Hospital. She was a founder of the Babies Hospital Guild. Involved for 65 years. Received a Citizenship Award from the Academy of Medicine in 1957. Also a board member of United Hospitals and the Home for Respectable Aged, later the Memorial Center for Women.

Advocated for clean milk laws. She was a board member and Trustee Emeritus of the Newark Museum and of Youth Consultation Services. She was involved in the Red Cross, chairman of the Newark Red Cross Production Service during WWI & WWII.


Cummings, Charles. “Meet the exemplary women who enriched the city” Star Ledger Jun 6, 2002

Smith Yearbook 1901

“Museum Elects Three New Trustees” Star Ledger Feb 1, 1967

“Red Cross to Be Host to Schools” Star Ledger Mar 16, 1947

“Guild Pledges $30,000” Star Ledger Jun 4, 1967

“Mariana H Barker, 86, Newark Civic Leader” Star Ledger April 26, 1967