David Martin Barrett

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Barrett, David Martin April 21, 1937 - January 22, 2014 Washington, D.C. - Former Independent Counsel David Martin Barrett, 76, of Washington, D.C., died of heart failure on January 22, 2014. Born in Buffalo, NY on April 21, 1937, Barrett was raised in South Bend, IN, where his father was a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. Barrett earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1959 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1965. He attended both schools on academic scholarships and graduated from each with honors. At Georgetown, he was an Editor of the Law Review. From 1959-1962, between undergraduate and law degrees, Barrett was a member of the United States Navy and was honorably discharged from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant. Following law school, Mr. Barrett served as law clerk to the Honorable William B. Jones, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, joined the Faculty of the University of Notre Dame School of Law, and served as County Attorney for St. Joseph County in Indiana. In 1975, Barrett established private practice in Washington, D.C., namely the offices of Barrett & Schuler and specialized in administrative, agency, legislative law and litigation. In 1978-1979, he was retained as Special Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve on the President's Committee for Mental Retardation, and served on the board for the Center for National Law and the Handicapped. It was in 1995 that Barrett was appointed to Independent Counsel to the United States by the Special Division of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to investigate allegations the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, lied to the FBI. He was awarded the Jefferson Award, by FBI Director Louis Freeh, which is one of the highest awards bestowed on a civilian by the FBI. Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Kathleen (nee O'Hara), his four children: Kristin Patterson of Milford, DE; Peter Barrett of Washington, DC; Julie Barrett Hanlon of Rye, NY; and Laura Plunkett of Tarrytown, NY. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Megan Barrett; parents Edward and Kathryn Barrett and stepmother, Catherine Lyons Barrett, as well as brothers Edward and Peter Barrett and sister Mary Worland. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, January 31 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, 8801 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19038 or the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270-6143.

Published in Washington Times from Jan. 29 to Feb. 27, 2014
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