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Donald D. Barry, 83 of Bethlehem, died January 31, 2018 at home surround by his family. Born in East Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Ruth May Barry and John L. Barry. Don was educated at Ohio University and Syracuse University. During his time in graduate school he spent a year at Moscow University in the early years of the US-USSR exchange program. He joined the Lehigh University faculty in 1963, rising through the academic ranks to University Distinguished Professor of Political Science. He served as department chair and director of the Center for International Studies. While at Lehigh he was awarded the Lindback Foundation Award for outstanding teaching and the Eleanor and Joseph Libsch Research Award. He traveled extensively in connection with academic work, most often to Russia but also to a number of other sites in Eastern and Western Europe. He wrote a great number of scholarly works, on Russian politics and law and on American administrative law. During his final year at Lehigh he delivered the Tresolini Lecture. Rocco J. Tresolini, a noted constitutional law scholar, was the first chairman of Lehigh's Department of Political Science. In retirement, he participated in a variety of volunteer activities, including Meals on Wheels, tutor of English as a second language, and Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. He also completed a family memoir for his children and grandchildren. Don was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem. Don is survived by his love, Theresa Kunda of Bethlehem and her family; daughter, Colleen Barry Epstein and husband, Andrew Epstein, of Philadelphia; son Brian Barry of Atlanta; grandchildren Alexander Barry and Samuel Barry Epstein. He was predeceased by his brother John Barry and sisters Margie Osterhus and Ruth Cumler. Memorial service: A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 East Market St., Bethlehem, on April 7th at 2:30pm with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall in the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 6931 Arlington Rd, Bethesda MD 20814, the Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine at 3535 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309, or St Luke's Hospice at 240 Union Station Plaza, Bethlehem PA 18015.



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Published in Morning Call on Feb. 1, 2018.
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September 9, 2019
In 1977 I was unhappy with my state college political science program for an M.A, and I saw an advertisement on the bulletin board for Lehigh University's program. I went there, and Professor Don Barry interviewed me. He gave me a lot of encouragement at a time when I needed it. I had him for several courses, and I really enjoyed him. He was a fine gentleman! My mother and I once bumped into him in Bethlehem on a very special day: It was almost "synchronicity". Sorry this is so late, but I just found out. I live in Mexico. Please accept my sincere condolences.

David Procter, M.A.(Gov't); Ed.D.
David Procter
September 9, 2019
In 1977 I was unhappy with my state college political science program for an M.A, and I saw an advertisement on the bulletin board for Lehigh University's program. I went there, and Professor Don Barry interviewed me. He gave me a lot of encouragement at a time when I needed it. I had him for several courses, and I really enjoyed him. He was a fine gentleman! My mother and I once bumped into him in Bethlehem on a very special day: It was almost "synchronicity". Sorry this is so late, but I just found out. I live in Mexico.

David Procter, M.A.(Gov't); Ed.D.
David Procter
July 5, 2018
Don was my freshman resident advisor at Syracuse University in 1956-57 and we established a fine relationship...his graduate field of study, political science, was my major. Having read a lead story about me about 4 years ago in the Maxwell School Magazine of Syracuse Univ. (I am a major benefactor - we both studied at Maxwell) he contacted me and was my lunch guest along with Theresa in NYC where I live. It was a joy to have seen him again after all these years and we spent hours not only reminiscing but talking the myriad subjects in which we were both interested, especially Russia, his field of expertise.
We were both filled with happiness at seeing each other--he thereafter sent me his privately-printed autobiographical memoir which I read with interest. Don was one of the nicest and most brilliant people I have known and I will treasure his memory.
Elliot Stamler
February 23, 2018
To Dad, May you Rest In Peace.. We will always love you.. Dan & Danielle
February 6, 2018
Don Barry was my best friend from the 7th grade at Kirk Junior High School in East Cleveland. We graduated together January 1952 from Shaw High. He was captain of the high school basketball team, attended and roomed together and graduated in 1956 from Ohio University. He was best man at our wedding. We both went to Windermere Methodist Church. Don was baptized there. Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Don believed that Jesus Christ was crucified for his sins and in His resurrection from the dead for our justification. We are still praying for Theresa, Don's love and angel for over 10 years.
Lloyd Wittenmyer
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February 3, 2018
Don was very kind and supportive during the early stages of my career. I cherished his friendship.
Nicolai Petro
February 2, 2018
Don Barry was my mentor and friend at Lehigh. He was a fabulous professor and strong supporter of international education. The world is a better place
because of him. Godspeed, Don.
Anne Thomas
February 2, 2018
Diane Rabenold
February 1, 2018
Don was possibly the best professor I ever had. And such a decent and dignified human being. My condolences to Colleen and Brian.( I met you both when you were very young at your parents house.)
You had a great Dad. I hope your memories ease the pain.
Helene Whitaker
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