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Caroline W. "Lynn" Barry


1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Caroline W. "Lynn" Barry Obituary
Caroline "Lynn" Anne Wallace Barry

On March 14th 2014, the day of her 60th wedding anniversary, our beloved sweet Lynn joined our Heavenly Father.

Caroline was born on December 1, 1925 to Esther Savery Wallace and Lt Colonel Robert C. Wallace in Evanston, Illinois. She joined her older sisters Eleanor, and Dorothy. During the Great Depression her father ran a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Renovo, Pennsylvania.

Lynn graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon). She studied Industrial Design (one of only a few women). After graduation, she traveled to Los Angeles. She held a number of jobs in the design, publishing and aircraft industries. Her first job in Los Angeles was designing homes.

In Los Angeles, she met and fell in love with her partner for life; Dennis C. Barry of Duluth, Minnesota. They married and moved to Pasadena, CA.

Lynn returned to school earning her Masters of Arts in Art History at Cal State Los Angeles. For a number of years, she taught classes at Cal State Los Angeles, Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, and Art Center of Design in Pasadena.

She and Dennis traveled the world. Lynn's background in Art History and knowledge in general made for a fabulous travel companion. On a recent European cruise fellow passengers would follow her around on the shore tours as she described the history and significance of the sites.

Lynn was member of many organizations and clubs. She was active and held leadership positions in organizations as diverse as The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena, Pro America, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pasadena Republican Women's Club, United Scottish Society, California Mayflower Society, and Mensa. She was a devout Episcopalian.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dennis C. Barry; Daughter - Diana Elaine Barry; Son - Christopher Wallace Barry (wife - Donna Brenneman); Son - Dennison James Barry (wife - Gerri Scott); Granddaughters - Caireesa Lynn, Jenna Lynn, Victoria Emma; and Grandsons - Alexander Scott and Raymond James.

She approached everything in life with quiet intelligence and artistic sensibility. She was fully supportive of her children and grandchildren. Lynn had both beauty and brains. Well loved, she will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions of any amount can be sent to The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena and include on the memo line "Lynn Barry, Visual Arts Awards Endowment Fund." (www.fineartsclubofpasadena.org)


Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Mar. 29, 2014
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