Barbara Brendli dies; teacher's aide, pioneering athlete was 61 – New York News

Barbara Brendli, a teacher’s aide and college athlete who was among the first wave of female students to win scholarships after passage of Title IX, died May 28 at a Port Jefferson hospice facility, family members said.

The North Patchogue resident died of uterine cancer after nearly two years fighting the disease, her husband, Steven Brendli, said. She was 61.

Born Nov. 23, 1955, in Bay Shore, she graduated from Sachem High School in 1973, and magna cum laude from Adelphi University in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education.

She played field hockey at Adelphi, winning full scholarships for her junior and senior years of college, after passage of the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on gender of any federally funded education program.

“She was a phenomenal athlete in the 1960s and 70s when women weren’t watched in sports,” said Peggy Tuttle, a childhood friend. “In the early ’70s if you were a female athlete, you were the oddball.”

An avid sportswoman, Brendli also enjoyed playing softball, basketball, tennis and golf, Steven Brendli said.

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