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Barry R. Wise


1939 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Barry R. Wise Obituary
Barry R. Wise passed away on December 29, 2018.Barry was preceded in death by his father, Vernon D. Wise, his mother Lila F. Wise, both of Boca Raton, Florida, and his brother Jeffrey P. Wise, of Atlanta, Georgia.He was born in Watertown, New York and was raised in Buffalo, New York where he attended Bennett High School. He graduated from Perdue University with a B.S. in Mathematical Statistics and completed graduate studies at the University of California-Los Angeles in Applied Statistics and Astrodynamics.After college, Barry's career was focused primarily in federal civil service in defense-oriented programs. While working at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Corona, CA, he performed command and control studies for air-to-air weapon systems. At the USAF Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, he focused primarily on the development of tactical military computer-based intelligence systems. While at HQ TRADOC, Ft. Monroe, VA, he worked on various operation research project management issues pertaining to army/air force joint doctrine and combat development.In addition to his professional accomplishments, Barry had many interests and passions. He learned to fly at the age of 22 and held a commercial pilot's license with instructor and multi-engine ratings. He remained active in flying until 65. He owned a single engine Piper Arrow for 20 years and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was also passionate about sailing and owned and raced his C&C 32 "Destiny" out of the Hampton Yacht Club for over 40 years. He loved cars and was particularly focused on his 1930 Ford Model A Roadster. Barry was a member of the Colonial Virginia Ford Model A Club where he served as President, Vice President and Chairman of the 2000 National Model A Convention. He enjoyed golf with his friends.He was a member of the Hampton Rotary for over 25 years and served on its board, was a member and president of the Hampton Roads Assembly, and was a regular participant in William and Mary's Lifelong Learning Program.Barry is survived by his wife, Joy Sailer Wise, his nephew Dustin Wise, his niece Alexandra Wise Woodward, and his stepchildren Christopher, Jay, Brian Sailer and their families.A memorial service will take place on February 10, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Hampton Yacht Club, 4707 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669. Online condolences for the family may be expressed at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
Published in Daily Press from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3, 2019
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