Barbara June (Rivers) Novogradac Had a Zest for Life

(Courtesy of the Novogradac Family)
Barbara Novogradac

    Mother, wife, friend, real estate entrepreneur and financial executive, Barbara June (Rivers) Novogradac, 61, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022, after a formidable battle with cancer.
    Barbara had an inexhaustible zest for life, typified by a skydiving adventure with her son John just last summer in Truckee, Calif. She was game for any adventure, whether it was a spontaneous trip to New York City with her daughter, Ellie, to see a Broadway musical or exploring London and Normandy with her son, C.J., Barbara’s interests were full-spectrum – she was a knitter, pianist, scrapbooker, cyclist, chicken wrangler, car enthusiast, philanthropist, investor – and she loved to laugh.
    Barbara enjoyed walks with her husband and dogs, visiting friends, watching her children play sports, skiing and traveling the world with her family. By 2013, she had visited all seven continents – including Antarctica.
    Born in Portland, Oregon, Barbara attended high school in Dallas, Oregon, where she was student body president. Barbara graduated from UC Berkeley in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in business with a focus on accounting, and began a public accounting career at Arthur Andersen.
    In 1990, Barbara joined Robert Half International where she rose to the position of senior vice president and controller. She retired from Robert Half in 2001 to form a real estate investment firm, Novogradac Investment Company and was elected to the Robert Half Board of Directors in 2009. At Robert Half, she mentored many staff and managers in their careers, coaching them to do their best work for both the company and for themselves.
    Barbara was a diligent student in college and her determination to succeed led her to an economics tutor, Michael Joseph Novogradac, who would, years later, become her lifelong partner and husband.
    Barbara and Michael married in 1994 and moved to Orinda in 2005. The pride of Barbara’s life was her three children, C.J., John and Ellie.
    Barbara’s family and friends will continue to love her deeply, and she will be missed enormously.
    Barbara is survived by her husband Michael and their three children, Charles Jackson, John Ross Jure and Elizabeth June, and by her stepson, Michael Joseph (Kat) Novogradac. She also leaves behind her mother Lois Roth, brother Tim (Nancy) Rivers, and Uncle Bill (Doris) Reynolds. She was preceded in death by her father James Rivers, stepfather Gary Roth and first husband Bruce Forsberg.
    A celebration of Barbara’s life and legacy is planned for late June in Northern California. Inquiries may be sent to
    Condolences may be mailed to Michael Novogradac, 244 Glorietta Blvd., Orinda, CA, 94563.
    Remembrances may be sent in memory of Barbara to the MikeRoweWORKS Foundation, 1207 4th Street, PH1, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or at

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