Barbara McBeth Woodruff

Barbara McBeth Woodruff, born in 1924, was the youngest of three daughters born to an Entomologist and socialite wife. Her childhood years were spent living on the ranch in Whittier or their beachfront home in Laguna Beach California. Her father Ira McBeth, a descendant of Issac Potts the inventor of the first flushing valve in the toilet, was an inventor in his own right. Ira developed the process of Foliar Fertilizing agriculture fields and groves and with these chemicals revolutionized agriculture quality and production.

While attending The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena she met Herman Christopher Woodruff. They were married in 1945 and moved to New York City where they had one daughter.

Relocating to Arizona in 1953, Barbara developed 30 acres of land in North Phoenix and worked in her studio daily. She was reclusive and spent most of her time enjoying an isolated desert environment. In 1966 her marriage ended, she returned to Laguna Beach and continued to work on her art becoming an exhibitor in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts for three years.

Her parents and two sisters preceded her in death leaving the bulk of their estates to Barbara. In memory of her father she established the McBeth Foundation and was active on the Board until her death in 2007.


Grant Committee Members

Martin DeKarver

Tim Metcalf

Amy Holmes

Norm Timmins

Skye Woods

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The Vision of the McBeth Foudation is to empower ideas that can make a difference. It is our goal to create an opportunity, through funding, for individuals and groups to launch meaningful programs. We work with innovative individuals and groups to advance strong projects that have a lasting result.