Pamela Bakalarski

Obituary of Pamela Bakalarski

Pamela Jeanne Bakalarski, 61, of Newport, RI passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.  She was the wife of CAPT Lee C. Bakalarski, MSC, USN (Ret.).

Pamela was a fifth generation “Newporter” born at Newport Hospital on October 6, 1955.  She graduated from Saint Joseph of Cluny School, Newport then was the last official graduate of Elmhurst Academy, Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1972.  Pam then graduated from Salve Regina College, now University with a BA in history, cum laude in 1976.  She was awarded the Senator Claiborne Pell Gold Medal in history from Salve Regina that year and was his intern in Washington. Pam continued her education at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island receiving her MA in history in 1978. Finally, Pam graduated with a Master in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1984 with a developing career in health care administration.

Pam started the cancer clinical trials program in 1981 at the Naval Hospital in Newport along with a cancer survivor support program.  In 1984, Pam then moved with her husband to New Hampshire and became The Elliot Hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire, Manager, Oncology Clinical Research and IRB Administrator directing one of the largest community-based Clinical Research programs in New England. Then in 2002, Pam wanted to come back to Newport and Rhode Island so she was the Administrator, Lifespan Oncology Clinical Research (LOCR) department and program. She was a major force in helping cancer patients through cancer clinical trials to achieve a better quality of life and a longer life against the cancer battle.

Pam loved her “Newport” and community she grew up in and lived her entire life. She especially loved that her family was one the original shareholders of Gooseberry Beach which she grew up as a little girl.  Additionally, Pam was a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates and Society of Research Administrators.  Pam received the Crystal Ribbon Award in 2017 for her work as a board member for clinical trials at West Virginia University Cancer Institute.

Pam is survived by her husband CAPT Lee C. Bakalarski, MSC, USN (Ret.) and her English pointer Chloe Beatrice.  Pam was an only child and both her parents passed away in 1988, LCDR Louis Sinyei USN (Ret.) and in 2000, Irene Dillion Sinyei.  

Visiting hours will be 4 – 7 pm, Friday, September 15, 2017 in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue, Newport at 10 am.  Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Pam’s loving memory to the American Cancer Society https://donate3.cancer.org/?lang=en