A chat with Barb Casady

photo: Barb Casady is the retired director of development for MU Extension.

Barb Casady is the retired director of development for MU Extension.

Barb Casady stopped in Whitten Hall this past fall to say hello and to admire the renovations in the building. She retired from MU Extension as director of development in November 2011. She is program coordinator with the West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri Community Foundation, with offices in Quincy, Ill.

She remarked that working with nonprofits since her retirement with extension has made her appreciate how much we take for granted having IT support, quality computer equipment, professional development and benefits such as insurance and salary adjustments. The collaboration and partnership skills that she honed in extension are a real plus in her community foundation work.

Casady mentioned that her parents Tom and Mildred Brown continue to enjoy the Columbia scene and focus on church and Kiwanis activities. Her nephew Sean Brown manages the Starbucks in Memorial Union and while in town, she took time to say hello to him as well.

Casady and her husband are full-time farmers on the Illinois side of the mighty Mississippi River. They were happy to harvest 200 bushels of corn to the acre this past fall. Since settling on the farm, Casady has turned into a gardener — something that surprises her and those who know her. “Vera Massey would be proud that I follow vegetable canning recommendations,” she said with a smile. “I process the heck out of things.” When there’s time she also enjoys knitting, weaving and spinning.


We’d love to hear what you’re excited about in retirement. Email crawfordc@missouri.edu or write a letter to Cynthia Crawford, 109 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.