Redlands Mourns the Loss of Barbara Wormser

Redlands Mourns the Loss of Barbara Wormser


Former Redlands City Councilwoman and local humanitarian Barbara Wormser passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019, she was 82. Wormser is being remembered for her service to the city as a member of its governing council from 1985 to 1989 and especially for her 1990 founding of Inland Harvest, which helps feed the area’s hungry. Today the organization’s volunteers pick up surplus food from restaurants, markets and more, and deliver it to community organizations from Yucaipa and Redlands to San Bernardino, Fontana and Riverside. According to reports, Wormser was so personally committed to this effort, on occasion she drove more than 100 miles in a single a day to make food deliveries.  In addition to her time on the city council and her work with Inland Harvest, she served as a member of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks Advisory Commission from 1990 until 2016 and held several leadership positions in service organizations including the Redlands YWCA, the Redlands Sister Cities Association, Friends of A.K. Smiley Library, the Redlands Symphony Association and the Zonta Club of Redlands. Over the years Wormser was honored with several awards for her efforts. However, her community involvement did not end there. Wormser was also a founding member of the University of Redlands Town and Gown; a chairwoman for the United Way Homeless Task Force; and served on the board of directors for Redlands Community Hospital, the Redlands Bicycle Classic, and Friends of Armacost Library on the campus of the University of Redlands.  Wormser and her husband Laurence, owned several small businesses in the region including Redlands Camera, Professional Photosystems Corp. and Audio Graphic Supply. Last week the City of Redlands flew city flags at half-staff in her honor. The family requested memorial donations be made to Inland Harvest, 317 Felisa Court, Redlands CA 92373.

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