Vinoo Idnani Bawa, 70, a retired school psychologist who spent her career working in the Arlington County school system, died May 27 of complications of breast and bone cancer at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.
Mrs. Bawa, a McLean resident, was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and raised in Bombay. As a young woman, she studied classical Indian dance and performed professionally.
She received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in philosophy from Bombay University. In the mid-1950s, she moved to the United States to attend MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., where she received a master's degree in clinical psychology.
She accompanied her husband, K.S. Bawa, a civil engineer, on assignments to Iran, Nigeria, Bolivia and Taiwan. They settled in the Washington area in 1966.
She soon began a career as an educational psychologist with Arlington Public Schools. Although she worked with students of various ages, most of her career was spent at Randolph Elementary School.
Mrs. Bawa retired in 2001, but she continued to work part time until her death.
She belonged to numerous professional organizations and was treasurer of the Marjorie F. Hughes Fund for Children, an Arlington charity that provides eyeglasses, hearing aids, bike helmets and other supplies to needy schoolchildren.
Travel was one of her greatest passions. She took extended trips to London to visit her mother and brothers, toured most of Europe, visited the Great Wall of China, hiked the Himalayas, stood on an Alaskan glacier and went on safari in Africa.
In addition to her husband of 44 years, who lives in McLean, survivors include two daughters, Geeti Bawa of Arlington and Malini Bawa of Potomac; and three brothers.