|Helen Marie Kuldell Barbee
Published: May 3, 2012 The Washington Post
Helen K. Barbee, 90, who ran an elevator company in Rockville for more than three
decades, died April 20 at a hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla.
The former Bethesda resident had pulmonary fibrosis, said her daughter Martha Slagle
Mrs. Barbee was a founding partner of the Barbee Curran Elevator Co., which her
husband opened with a partner in the early 1960s. She became company president in
the mid-1960s after her husband’s death. She retired in 1997 and lived for part of the
year in Boynton Beach until moving there permanently about five years ago.
Helen Marie Kuldell was born in Bel Air, Md., and grew up in the District. She was a
1938 graduate of Western High School and a 1940 graduate of Wilson Teachers
College (now part of the University of the District of Columbia).
She was a past board member and convention chairwoman of the National Association
of Elevator Contractors and a past president of the Washington Association of Elevator
Contractors. She was former president of her chapter of KiWives, an association of the
wives of Kiwanis Club members, and a member of Congressional Country Club in
Her husband of 27 years, Paul F. Barbee Sr., died in 1967.
Survivors include six children, Helen Koehler and Suzanne Mong, both of Boynton
Beach, Paul F. Barbee Jr. of New Bethlehem, Pa., Michael F. Barbee of Rockville,
Martha Slagle of Silver Spring and Charles Barbee of Clermont, Fla.; 19 grandchildren;
and 22 great-grandchildren.