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Barry Debakey Obituary

BARRY E. DeBAKEY passed away suddenly on the 5th of June 2007 at his Houston residence of natural causes. Barry was born on the 18th of April 1946 in Washington, D.C. He attended Poe Elementary, Lamar High School and the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned a degree in Political Science. For over twenty years, Barry was the owner of Blanco's, a River Oaks establishment popular with Houstonians from every economic and political sector, and especially with Barry's many fellow committee members and supporters of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Barry was an avid outdoorsman, as rancher, hunter and fisherman. He often enjoyed golf at Braeburn Country Club where he was a member. Many of us also know he was a superb dancer and a great cook, who often personally delivered his dishes to his dad, aunts, and friends. Barry was preceded in death by his mother, Diana Cooper DeBakey; his brother, Ernest O. DeBakey; and his uncle, Dr. Ernest G. DeBakey. Barry is survived by Barry's only son, Barry Clark DeBakey; his father, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and wife Katrin; his aunts, Dr. Lois DeBakey and Ms. Selma DeBakey; his brothers; Denis DeBakey, Michael Debakey and wife Teresa; his step-sister, Ms. Olga DeBakey. He is also survived by his cousin, Joseph A. DeBakey; his Uncle, Fred Rizk; numerous nephews and nieces, cousins, extended family and circle of close friends. Barry was a beloved and exemplary son, father, brother, and uncle, especially to his late brother Ernest's children, Michael Ernest and Katie. The family extends their deep appreciation and gratitude to Barry's caring and devoted friends at Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital; and most especially to Doctors Jim Schwartz, Mohammed Attar, George Noon, Bobby Alford, and Chris Leveque. Barry was respected, loved, and admired by all who knew him for his courage, integrity, compassion, engaging wit, and his winning personality. A modest gentleman, he was a successful businessman, a genuine humanitarian, and always fun to be with. He dedicated much of his time to civic and charitable causes, including the Rodeo and Child Advocates, and still found time to solve problems large and small, for all of us. When you had Barry for a friend, you had a friend forever; faithful to the end. If he touched your life for just one moment, you felt fortunate to have known this remarkable gentleman. A memorial service will be conducted at half-past one o'clock this afternoon, Friday, the 8th of June, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Following the service, all are invited to join the family for a reception at a venue to be announced during the service. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Barry E. DeBakey may be directed to the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, 6565 Fannin St., Houston, TX, 77030; or to Child Advocates, 2401 Portsmouth St., Suite 210, Houston, TX, 77098.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 6/8/2007