Dr. Warren C. Barrow, 84 of Pittsfield, Illinois, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Illini Community Hospital Emergency Room in Pittsfield.
Warren Coultas Barrow was born on March 11, 1929, in White Hall, Ill., to Adlai (Doc) and Marinda Barrow. As a young man he was an avid hunter and student athlete. He graduated from Roodhouse High School and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for three years before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens where he graduated in 1953. Although he received a degree in Chemistry, Warren had more hours in history than in his major, presaging his life-long love for history. He returned to the Midwest to attend the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago and earned his doctorate of Medicine in 1957. While in medical school he married Elvira Pessina of Jacksonville, Ill., on March 27, 1954. They had four children, Dan, Kris, Jim and Amy.
After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Ill., he joined the United States Army stationed in Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where he served as a medical officer.
Fulfilling his life-long dream to become a general practitioner in a rural area, he joined Dr. Thomas Bunting in his practice in Pittsfield, Ill., on October 27, 1961. They practiced together until Dr. Bunting's retirement. Dr. Barrow continued to practice medicine in Pittsfield, most recently with Dr. Ron Johnson and Quincy Medical Group.
For 50 years Dr. Barrow provided superb and compassionate care to his community. His generation of physicians is a vanishing breed. He was not only a general practitioner, but the cardiologist, gynecologist, obstetrician, emergency room physician, urologist, gastroenterologist, pulmonologist and psychiatrist for his patients. Throughout most of his career he was on call every other night to manage all levels of routine, urgent and emergency medical services, including house calls, delivering babies and covering the emergency room at Illini Community Hospital.
Dr. Barrow's Labor Day weekend dove hunt was one of his most cherished times of the year. In addition to the hunt, he loved telling his wonderful stories to the family and friends that participated. He enjoyed several generations of hunting dogs, who were loyal companions throughout his life. Fishing, reading, traveling extensively with his wife and children, along with reruns of old Western movies were some of his favorite pastimes. No one could tell a joke like Doc!
Due to failing vision from macular degeneration Dr. Barrow retired from the practice of medicine on October 27, 2011, 50 years to the day that he began his medical career with Dr. Bunting. He died peacefully at his home in Pittsfield on June 20, 2013 attended by his wife, Vera.
Dr. Barrow was preceded in death by his younger brother, Jack Barrow, his niece, Kim Barrow Badali (surviving husband, Bob) and his daughter, Kristine Barrow Tarpoff (surviving husband, Craig). He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elvira, his sons, Dan (Mollie) and Jim (Jennifer), and his daughter, Amy (Mack). He leaves eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alex, and Jill Barrow, Emily, Jack, and Tom Barrow, and Brock (Kathleen) and Emma Halbrook; and three great-grandchildren, Lennon Barrow and Shay and Emilie Halbrook; one nephew, David Barrow; and one great-niece, Toni Badali.
Dr. Barrow's family will observe his life, accomplishments and memories in a celebration of that life on Monday, June 24, from 4–8 p.m. at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Blessing Hospice of Pike County, Pittsfield Volunteer Fire Department or the organization of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.
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