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Nathan Barnett

Age 87, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014 of complications from a stroke.

Nate was born on December 16, 1925 in Chicago, IL and grew up in Cincinnati, OH. Drafted in 1944 at the age of 18, he served in active combat in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia. Later he joined the National Guard as an officer. Nate attended the University of Cincinnati, acquiring a Bachelor's Degree in Education, then Ohio State University for a Master's Degree in Social Work specializing in community organization. After retirement, he attained another Master's Degree in Judaic Studies from Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA.

Widely known as a community leader, Nate was the Executive Director of both the Jewish Federation of Delaware and the United Way of Middlesex County in New Jersey. He was also the Vice President for Development at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

His greatest satisfaction was derived from his development work with the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, Independent Living and the Brandywine Social Club, all in Delaware. In the 60's, he worked with the Delaware Legislature to support educational opportunities for children with learning disabilities. Nate was intensely involved with Israel and the international Jewish community.

Strongly concerned with social policy, he was an active supporter of Planned Parenthood and the Pro-Choice Medical Fund. Nate was overwhelmingly interested in sports, especially track and field, and had been an outstanding athlete in his youth.

Nate is survived by his much adored family, including his wife of 66 years, Helen; much loved daughters, Sandra Barnett of Wilmington, DE and Lisa Barnett (Jed Steinman) of Haverford, PA; and granddaughter Claire Steinman of New York, NY.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Monday, January 27, 2014 at Congregation Beth Emeth, 300 W. Lea Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802. Shiva will be observed 7:30 pm, Monday, January 27, 2014 also at Congregation Beth Emeth.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Planned Parenthood ( or EMILY's List (




Published in The News Journal from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2014
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