RICHMOND -- Barbara Moore Vincent, a member of that special generation of women who championed the environment long before it was fashionable, died Sept. 24 at her home in Richmond. She was 96.

A memorial service will be held at noon Nov. 2 at the Richmond Yacht Club, 351 Brickyard Cove Road.

Vincent, who shares the name of a Richmond shoreline park with her late husband Jay, served on the board of the Save the San Francisco Bay Association from 1963 to 1991.

She is credited with championing public access for the heavily privatized and industrialized shoreline in Richmond, leading to the many parks and trails the city benefits from today.

According to her family, "Barbara and her late husband, Jay, both shared and championed this vision of public access to the shoreline, which in 1960, had but a 64-foot boat ramp, now Boat Ramp Park."

In 1997, the city honored the couple's devotion to the community by dedicating the Barbara and Jay Vincent Park on the Bay Trail at Marina Bay.

Barbara Vincent was a native of Richmond, born March 6, 1916.

Her father, Joseph Moore, was one of the city's early landowners and developers, doing surveys for the Richmond Land Co.

Vincent graduated from UC Berkeley in 1937 with a degree in economics, then returned to her formal education at age 50, by attending Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.


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During Richmond's tumultuous war years, she was active with the PTA to solve the city's problem with overcrowded schools, which were operating on three shifts a day.

Vincent was involved in establishing small neighborhood parks in Richmond, and in 1948, she and her friends formed the Richmond Area Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

She served on the Richmond Planning Commission from 1957 to 1969 and became its first chairwoman in 1963.

Vincent was also involved in the creation of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the body that monitors and controls development of the Bay, and served a number of years on the East Bay Regional Park District Advisory Board.

Vincent is survived by sons J. Michael, of Suisun Valley; Stephen, of San Francisco; and David, of Richmond; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Christopher, preceded her in death.

Memorial gifts can be made to: Save the Bay Association, 350 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 900, Oakland, CA 94612; or the Richmond Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 70413, Richmond CA.