Barbara A. Gillespie

Barbara Alice Gillespie, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Monroe Township, NJ.


Born November 21, 1931 in Los Angeles, CA to Alice Greiner and Ernst Arnold Lugenbill, Barbara graduated from Pepperdine College and married Thomas W. Gillespie in 1953.  They spent the first year of their happy 58-year marriage in Princeton, NJ where Tom was a student at Princeton Theological Seminary and Barbara taught school nearby.   Partners in life and ministry, they returned to California where they served two Presbyterian congregations and raised three children. They returned to Princeton in 1983 when Tom was called to serve as the 5th President of Princeton Theological Seminary.  Barbara is remembered for her wit and gracious hospitality, opening their home to friends, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Barbara was energetic and creative, enjoying quilting and other needle arts, cooking, gardening, and travel. 


A beloved mother and grandmother, Barbara is survived by daughters Robyn Glassman (Kenneth) and Dayle Rounds (Stephen), son Bill Gillespie, and 6 grandchildren: William Glassman, Trevor Glassman, Hilary Glassman, Emily Rounds, Allie Rounds, and Isla Gillespie.


A private burial at the Princeton Cemetery took place Saturday, November 28, 2020.  A memorial service will be planned for a future date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara‚Äôs name to Nassau Presbyterian Church or to the Thomas Gillespie Scholarship fund at Princeton Theological Seminary.