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THOMAS ANDREW BARR

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BARR, Thomas Andrew Of Westwood and formerly of Greenwich, Connecticut, died on April 19, 2013, at the age of 85. Tom was born in Bronxville, New York, the son of Joseph and Marguerite Barr. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Barr, to whom he was married for 22 years and by his two daughters, Cynthia Bradford and her husband William of Pacifica, California, and Susan Sipe of Coquille, Oregon, and by his two sons, William Barr and his wife Geraldine of Briarcliff Manor, New York, and Steven Barr and his wife Vicki of Panaca, Nevada. He also leaves three grandchildren, Nicholas, Thomas, and Sara. In addition he is survived by four step-children, Susan, Mark, Martha, and David, four step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his first wife, Jane Barr, his two brothers, Robert and Peter, and his sister Elizabeth Henry. After serving in the US Army during the end of WW II, Tom attended Dartmouth College, where he received an MS degree in civil engineering. In 1953 he joined his two brothers in a family construction company, Barr & Barr, founded by their father. Under Tom's leadership as president beginning in 1970, the company expanded dramatically, especially in the hospital and academic sectors throughout New York, New Jersey and New England. Construction projects included New England Medical Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, Cornell University, Long Island College Hospital, New York Hospital and Princeton University. He retired as president in 1992, continuing to counsel and mentor while on the board of directors until his death. Tom spent most of his adult life in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and supporter of adult literacy. He also provided business management advice through the International Executive Service Corp. An avid golfer, Tom was a longtime member of Winged Foot Golf Club. He enjoyed gardening and classical music. He and his wife Jeanne moved to a retirement community, Fox Hills, in Westwood seven years ago where they built many new friendships. Jeanne and Tom traveled extensively, and he actively continued his hobby of building wooden models of classic sailing ships. Tom was a friend and inspiration to many, providing support and guidance, humor and comfort. He will be remembered for his strong sense of fairness, generosity, and graciousness. A private family service was recently held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his memory to the Thayer School Annual Fund at Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover,NH03755. Folsom Funeral Home www.folsomfuneral.com
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Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 28, 2013
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