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Carol Barner-Barry


1938 - 2015 Notice Condolences
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Carol Barner-Barry, age 76, died on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Maryland. Carol was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania in 1938 and was the only child of Agnes Unitis Barner and John Barner. She graduated from Dickinson College in 1960, and received both her masters degree 1966 and her Ph.D. in 1970 in political science from Syracuse University. Together with her former husband, Donald Barry, a Soviet politics scholar, Carol participated in one of the first scholarly exchanges to live for a year in Moscow in 1961-62 and became fluent in Russian. Carol traveled widely during her life, including living in Naples, Italy and West Berlin, Germany when her children were toddlers. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Lehigh University from 1978-81. In 1981, she joined the Political Science Department at UMBC as its first female faculty member and remained on the faculty until her retirement in 2007. She was a co-founder of the women's caucus of the American Political Science Association, and a founding editor of Politics and the Life Sciences journal. Carol had an extraordinarily broad range of academic interests and scholarly contributions. She wrote numerous books over the course of her career, including co-authoring four editions of the best-selling textbook, Contemporary Soviet Politics, with Donald Barry, The Politics of Change: the Transformation of the Former Soviet Union with Cynthia Hody, and Psychological Perspectives on Politics with Robert Rosenwein. Carol was a pioneer in observational research methods, and taught classes in research methods, public administration, public law, comparative politics, soviet politics, international negotiation, American politics, and law and the legal system. In her career as a college professor, Carol was a creative, innovative teacher and was beloved by her students. After her retirement, she became a trained mediator and volunteered with the Howard County Mediation Center. Carol was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Maryland for 32 years and participated in Karuna Caregivers and numerous other church-related activities. She loved the arts, and regularly enjoyed theater, dance and musical productions throughout her life. Carol is survived by her three children, Brian Barry, Colleen Barry and Daniel Barry, and by her two grandchildren, Alexander Barry and Samuel Epstein. A memorial service will be held at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia, Maryland on the anniversary of her birth, September 26, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Maryland or to Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Maryland.
Published in Baltimore Sun on July 27, 2015
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