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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.
Published in Morning Call on Feb. 1, 2018
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