Trevecca Nazarene University

Former music professor seriously ill

The University community has been saddened by the news that Barbara McClain Bloom, a former faculty member, is gravely ill after undergoing gall bladder surgery recently. In the course of the surgery, doctors discovered that Mrs. Bloom had a very agggressive and pervasive form of cancer. Following surgery she was told that the only course of treatment was an experimental kind; she declined the treatment.

She was recently moved to a hospice facility. Friends who have visited her report that she is facing her situation with courage and peace. Cards can be sent to her at either of these two addresses:
Home:    819 Heritage Drive, Bourbonnais, IL 60914   
Hospice:   Miller Center, 1601 Butterfield Trace   Rm. 105, Kankakee, IL 60901

"Miss Mac," as she was fondly called by students in her music classes or members of the choirs that she directed during her Trevecca years, taught in Trevecca's music department from 1956 to 1993. She organized the choir for women, Treble Tones, in 1958 and served as its director for its first 11 years. She served as the chairperson of the music department and led its effort to earn national accreditation. In 1976 she was the first female to be awarded the honorary doctorate by the University.