NAPLES- Joseph Aloysius Patrick Barry, Jr., M.D. of Syracuse, NY and recently of Naples, FL and Hendersonville, NC passed away peacefully on April 27, 2013 at age 86 after a brave battle with cancer.
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Born in Syracuse, NY on February 25, 1927, son of Mary Brigid Brody and Joseph A. Barry, Sr., he grew up in Tipperary Hill and was a graduate of St. Patrick's Catholic School, LeMoyne College, Georgetown Medical School and an honorably discharged veteran of the U. S. Navy. He served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Dr. Barry was in private practice in Syracuse, NY for 40 years. He was one of the first doctors of Internal Medicine to also become board certified as a Geriatrician.
Joseph was first married to Marie Dietel Barry for 34 years. From that union, he is survived by six children: daughter, Dr. Brenda Barry and her partner, Vickie Gayle of Orlando, FL; son, Dr. Joseph T. Barry and his wife, Deborah Barry and their children, Kyle and Shannon of Syracuse; daughter, Professor Brigid Barry of Greenwich, CT and her son, Brody of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Marijo Barry, Esq., PharmD and her daughter, Darby, of Wayland, MA; son, William Barry, currently serving in the U. S. Diplomatic Corps in Bangkok; and son, Brian Barry, Esq. and his wife, Annette and their children, Connor and Sienna.
Joseph is also survived by his present wife of 22 years, Charlotte McLaughlin Barry of Syracuse, NY, Hendersonville, NC and Naples, FL; 2 step-children, Michael McLaughlin and his wife, Cyndy and their children, Megan, Alex, and Ryan of Apex, NC; and Maureen Mural and her husband, Shawn, of Lovettsville, VA and their six children, Lauren, Michael, Emily, Ashley, Rachael, and Tyler. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Barry, and his older brothers, John "Jack" Barry and William "Bud" Barry.
Joseph is best known for his passion and love of the practice of medicine. He was coordinator for continuing medical education at Community General Hospital, a position he held for 31 years. His love of teaching medicine is legendary. He was Clinical Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. His medical practice was located at Community General Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Barry was attending physician at Van Duyn Geriatric Home and Hospital in Syracuse for 34 years, from 1962-1996. From 1990-1993, he was also Medical Director of Loretto Geriatric Center Outpatient Clinic in Syracuse. As medical director of the Nurse Practitioner Program at Community General Hospital in Syracuse from 1989-1995, he influenced many of the nurse practitioners who are practicing today. He was affectionately known as "Master of the Universe."
"Dr. B." was a fierce defender of the ethical practice of medicine. For this, he was cherished by his patients and respected by his peers. Joseph was a man of remarkable intellect. The practice of medicine was his passion. To make "the correct diagnosis in a timely fashion" was how he defined his practice. A consummate scholar, he set the bar high for educational pursuit. He could be frequently found working on a medical speech for lay people or in the midst of writing a book. He relished sharing new ideas with the geriatric public – from hired workers to neighbors and friends. He touched many lives this way. One of his most recent lectures in 2012 was titled "How to Preserve the Quality of Your Life as you Age."
Dr. Barry was loved for his warmth and dry sense of humor. It was not uncommon for him to spontaneously break into song during the day. He held a dear memory in his heart for the song "Danny Boy" and had heard it played for him all over the world.
An active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples, Dr. Barry had a way of making people feel good about themselves as witnessed by his ability to put a smile on the face of patients and strangers after only one or two comments. He was a loving husband, father and loyal friend. He will be sadly missed but his twinkling eyes, ready laugh and quick wit will not be forgotten.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 3rd at 1:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary of St. Agnes Catholic Church, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension, Naples. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LeMoyne College, c/o The Office of Institutional Advancement, 1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY or Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. For online condolences, visit fullerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Times-News on May 1, 2013