Dr. Jeffrey M. Barrett

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LAKELAND - Dr. Jeff Barrett died March 29, 2011 at home after a 1 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born April 16, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Dr. Thomas Loyd and Suzanne Marvel Barrett, and at age 3 moved to Vincennes, Indiana where he grew up. In high school he was a two year starter on football teams ranked in the top ten in the entire state, and he was the highest ranking student-athlete in the Lincoln High School graduating class of 1969. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of his high school in 1999.
Jeff graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1976. From 1976 to 1980 he served internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. He was the first Fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy) at Vanderbilt from 1980 to 1982. He then continued his academic career at Indiana University as Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. During his time in academic medicine he published over 25 research papers with his major areas of research being antepartum and intrapartum fetal monitoring and the management and delivery of pregnancies complicated by premature labor.
In 1986 he moved to Lakeland, joining Watson Clinic in the practice of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He was one of the first sub-specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in private practice in Florida. In Lakeland he delivered 8,428 babies at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was also President of the Medical Staff for two years. He was board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.
His passions were his family, the practice of medicine, golf and an overall love of life. With his children he worked to ingrain the Golden Rule and a sense of the need to give to others. In the practice of medicine he strived to treat each patient as if a family member. Golf was his release, and he played extensively in the United States, Scotland and Ireland, maintaining a single digit handicap through his last round in November 2010. In his life he loved nature, the company of good friends, and a good laugh. He was dismayed by man's continuing inhumanity to man.
He is survived by wife, Diana, sons Matthew and Samuel of Lakeland, daughters Alison Flynn and Emily Barrett, both of Jacksonville, Florida, brother Dr. T. Gregory Barrett, Little Rock AR and sister Shelly Thomas, Indianapolis IN, and loving caretaker and best friend Jennifer Brinson, Lakeland.
The family will receive friends on Friday April 1, 2011 from 5-7 P.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday April 2, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. Honorary pall bearers are Dr. James Holimon, Mike Carter, John Wallis, Charles Masek, Dr. James Mammel, and Dr. John Ellington. In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts to the Thomas L. and Suzanne M. Barrett medical student scholarship at Indiana University School of Medicine, C/O the IU Foundation, Special Fund Account #037MDSL681, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, Indiana 46266-0245, , 1920 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, Fl. 33803 or the Salvation Army, 2620 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, Fl. 33802.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com.


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Heath Funeral Chapel
328 South Ingraham Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 682-0111
Published in Ledger on Mar. 31, 2011
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