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Lewis Abraham BARNESS M.D.

BARNESS, Lewis Abraham M.D. 92, a resident of Tampa, died on Nov. 18, 2013. Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he was raised in Warrington, Pennsylvania, and was a son of Mary (Silverstein) and Joseph Barness, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine (Berger) Barness and his brother, Herbert Israel Barness. At the age of 16, Lewis entered Harvard College, graduating in 1941. He completed medical school at Harvard and his residency and research fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. He served as a Captain in the U. S. Army during World War II, and joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1950. In 1972, he became the Founding Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, a position he held until 1988. He continued his work as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine from 1988 to 1992 and then returned to USF until his retirement in 2007. He continued to serve as Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at USF and UW until his death. Dr. Barness' commitment to the care of and concern for children is evidenced by his pioneering research contributions to the field of infant nutrition and metabolism. His career was filled with numerous professional accolades including the prestigious John Howland Metal from American Pediatrics Society, recognized as the highest award attainable in the field of Pediatrics. He was a principled, dedicated, and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, physician, teacher, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Enid Gilbert-Barness; two daughters, Carol Barness (husband Jon Strange) and Laura Barness; son, Joseph (Diane) Barness; as well as five grandchildren, Heather, Eliot, Jacob, Sarah and Joseph; four stepdaughters, Mary (James) Lawrence, Elizabeth (Mark) Bono, Jennifer (Dan) Voss, and Rebecca (and James) Hills; and 11 stepgrandchildren, Alexandra, Louis Bryson, James, Christian, Thomas, Blake, Spencer, Curtis, Kiara, Rebecca and Nathaniel. Funeral services will be held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa, on Nov. 20 at 12 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lewis' memory may be made to the Drs. Lewis and Enid Barness endowed music scholarship at USF.


Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 20, 2013
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