Barbara Klass Sokol will be remembered for her high level of energy, humanitarianism and love of the arts and concern for the environment. She was an outgoing, caring philanthropist with a genuine interest in people from all walks of life.
Barbara supported a broad range of social concerns from the LGBT community to Catholic Social Services, from health organizations such as the Cancer Society and the AIDS Task Force to cultural organizations such as the Cincinnati Opera and Columbus Symphony.
Barbara also cared deeply about good government and spent a great deal of time and effort working to get good people elected at the state and local level. She invested many hours, days, weeks and months raising money for candidates.
Barbara often referred to herself as just an Upper Arlington housewife though that may have technically been true, she was force not to be denied. She truly believed in a fair and just society for all — no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.
Nominate a Progressive Hero
If you know someone who has a similar drive and devotion to a progressive cause, please nominate them for ProgressOhio’s first Barbara Klass Sokol Activist Award.
The nominations will be reviewed by a committee and you and the winner will notified by November 13th, in hopes that they will be able to join us in Columbus to receive the award in person at the Progressive Hero Award Reception on November 19th.