Our condolences to the wonderful Barness' and Gilbert-Barness' families. We found recently of Lew's passing but having had him and Enid as mentors, colleagues and friends was indeed a truly and deeply appreciated privilege. I joined the Tampa/St. Petersburg USF residency program as an intern in pediatrics in 1975 and quickly learned from Lew and the terrific team he had brought with him from Philadelphia. Our children were his patients. I was a part of his team as a junior faculty in endocrinology with Allen Root until my return to Bogota, Colombia where Lew, Enid and John Malone visited with us in 1986 as lecturers. Later on and in Louisiana Lew and Enid were our guests and Visiting Professors at LSUHSC and Children's Hospital of New Orleans. His unforgettable lecture "Pediatric Smells" speaks by itself.
What and incredible giant of pediatrics and of humanity!
Alfonso and Maria Eugenia Vargas
I was saddened to hear of Dr. Barness's passing. He was very instrumental in my becoming a PNP and I am very grateful to him for that. I first met him at HUP on Ward G. I worked the 12 -8 shift and I used to stay after my shift ended to make rounds with him and learn.....he was a wealth of pearls. He was funny though as he would come on the ward very early in the morning and want to know all about the patients and he would tell me certain facts about their diseases and then when he made rounds he would ask questions of the med students and interns and when they did not know the answer he would ask me and of course I knew because he had prepped me just an hour sooner. My sympathy to Carol. Laura and Joseph and Enid, whom I never had the privilege to meet but knew she had to be someone special.
I just found out about Dr. Barness', passing. I can say unequivocally that I became a pediatrician due to his influence. I was a rotating intern at USF in 1974 with no good idea of what I really wanted to do. Fortunately, I started in pediatrics and was exposed to Dr. Barness (along with Drs Root, Curran, Malone & Hallock). The rest is history and I've never regretted my decision or forgotten Dr. Barness. There was another rotating intern that year (Bob Katz), and we became Katz & Jammer. Just this past year, Dr. Barness called me and opened with "Jammer" and I knew who it was immediately. I am unsure what his best attribute was: his vast knowledge, his sense of humor, or his compassion for children, parents, and everyone else with whom he came into contact.
My year as chief resident was a lot of work, but the contact I had with Dr. Barness and the rest of the pediatric faculty was unbelievable and obviously influnces me to this day. I had the privilege of meeting Enid when she and Dr. Barness were in Madison, and thought, what a pair of great people. My condolences to her and the entire Barness family. He will be missed as a great pediatrician and person.
I trained in pediatrics at USF in the mid 1980's and found him to be interested in his department members at all levels from the intern to the professors. Most importantly I found him to be an honest man.
I met Lew when I was a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He immediately challenged my diagnosis, as a consultant, and we playfully exchanged information. I later understood that I had been tested and fortunately, passed.
I met Enid Gilbert in 1988 when I assumed the role of Laboratory Director and Professor of Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. We became friends and even closer friends when Lew joined her in Madison. Two very great people professionally; two exceptional people personally and a wonderful marriage. Sorry I could not have traded barbs one more time.
I was an intern under Dr. Barness in 1974. If it had not have been for his help I would have left my training program at U.S.F. because of physical and sleep deprivation. He was truly one of those special educators who know how to influence students' lives in special ways. I will miss him!
Wayne S. Blocker (M.D.).
He called my late husband "Charlie Brown," and therefore I was Mrs. Brown. He wondered why women, and then psychiatrists, should go to medical school, and this was teasing. He was always respectful, and accurate with a water pistol.
Dr. Barness was a favorite of our Class of 1963 at Penn. He was so bright and quick. When one of us poor medical students came up with a diagnosis on rounds, he would say,"that's 99th on my list." I'm so glad he lived a long and fruitful life.
Barry D. Galman, M.D.
So very sorry to have found you in this way after many years living across the Bay from you. A long way from Morgantown. My condolences, Enid.
I knew he was not well, but am still deeply saddened by Dr. Barness' passing. I always counted him as a friend, a colleague, a mentor, and my chairman of Pediatrics during my years with him in the early 1980s. He saved mu mother's life years ago by simply recommending a cause for her illness by means of a telephone call suggestion. That was Dr. Barness as usual to the rescue. He told me once that a Snicker's Bar a day kept the doctor away. May he rest in peace. I will never forget him.
We had many enjoyable family get together's with our daughter's father in law and will miss Doc
With a playful smile, a twinkle in his eye and donning a notable bow tie-- Dr. Barness was intelligent, witty, compassionate and wise. It was an honor to have known him. My condolences to his family and loved ones; and, especially Dr. Enid Gilbert-Barness who is equally admired, adored and was always vigilant for her husband. With heartfelt sympathy, Rose Russo Rosanelli DDS
He was my friend and support for fifty-five years. He was a giant.
He was a giant in the field of Pediatrics but was the most unassuming gentle man. He was my chairman, my mentor and my friend for more than 30 years. We will miss his bow ties, squirt guns, intelligence and humor. My love to Enid and the rest of his family. Rest in peace Lew. Diane
What an honor to have been taught by such an awesome and wise Pediatrician. Dr. Barness has contributed so much to the field of pediatrics and he will be greatly missed. He not only was a great pediatrician, but also a very bright professor that enlightened many pediatric residents over the years and he did it with a love for learning and a great sense of humor. God Bless you and your family and thank you for being such an inspiration to us all.
To many, Dr. Barness was a teacher, academician, pediatrician, author, reseacher, mentor, Lifetime Achievement winner, member of the Pediatrics Hall of Fame, and to some a real gentleman. But to many of us interns at the time, he was a practical joker. Many of us would walk the halls of Tampa General Hospital, looking up to see where the ceiling was leaking from, only to find Dr. Barness squirting us with a needleless syringe full of water. We'll all miss him.