LEGENDARY children's book writer Eric Carle was married to Barbara Carle from 1973 until her death in 2015.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar author passed away six years later on May 23, 2021.
Who was author Eric Carle's wife?
Barbara Carle, known as "Bobbie" to those close to her, was an educator and champion of the arts, according to her obituary.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in 2002.
Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, the nonprofit arts center is a showcase for picture book illustrations from around the world.
Barbara Ann Morrison was born in Statesville, North Carolina, on November 22, 1938.
After graduating from Salem College in Winston-Salem, she moved to Manhattan to share an apartment with her older sister Pat.
She was working at the bookshop at The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, when she was introduced to her future husband, according to her obituary. They married in 1973.
The couple would move to western Massachusetts.
"Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, the Carles traveled several times to Japan and were inspired by the beautiful picture book museums there," her obituary read.
"They were also struck that there were no picture book museums in the United States.
"Together, they dedicated themselves to founding The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
The museum opened on Barbara's birthday in 2002.
"When I began to do well, Bobbie was the one who said, 'We have to give back.'" Eric Carle once said, according to his wife's obituary.
Their museum has served hundreds of thousands of guests.
They both retired in 2004. Barbara Carle died on September 7, 2015, at the age of 76.
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