Barry Wayne Uhr

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Uhr, Barry Wayne, M.D. March 29, 1939 Jan. 16, 2010 Barry Wayne Uhr, M.D. was born March 29, 1939 in New Braunfels, Texas and died January 16, 2010 in Dallas. He graduated from New Braunfels High School, The University of Texas at Austin, and UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He married his life long best friend, Karen Arloa Bergquist, December 29, 1962, and cherished their lives together. He did an internship in internal medicine at the Baltimore City Hospitals and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, served as a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, California, and completed an ophthalmology residency at The University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. He established an ophthalmology practice in 1971 and practiced medicine for 38 years at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas the "old fashioned way," taking time to personally know his patients and making them feel like a friend and not a case. His exuberant optimism and persistent positive attitude defined him, and his family, friends and patients will miss him greatly. He served terms as president of many organizations including The Dallas County Medical Society, The Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology, and The Texas Ophthalmological Association. He served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was involved with the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company. He loved traveling the world, photography and writing poetry. He was published in The Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings and compiled a book, A Physician's Visions and Verses. Barry is survived by his wife, Karen; his children and their families: Bradley Karl and Becca Uhr, David Kenneth and Megan Caroline Uhr; Kristin Uhr Haber and Jeff Haber, Dylan Casey and Kaylie Sienna Haber; and Kimberly Uhr Clark and David Clark and Molly Ann Clark, Jane Louise Clark and Peter Wayne Clark; as well as his sister and her family, Bonnie Uhr Denson, Richard "Dick" Denson, Denise Denson Lindemann, Duane Lindemann, Margaret Elizabeth Lindemann and Mason Reid Lindemann. He considered his loving family the crowning achievement of his life. Barry was a long time member of the Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Discovery Class, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 21 in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baylor Health Care Center Foundation, the Southwestern Medical Foundation for the benefit of the Department of Ophthalmology or to the Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 19, 2010