Lewis Abraham BARNESS M.D.

Tampa, Florida

Age 92

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Miss you yéyé, and hope you are having fun in heaven. I'm sorry we didn't get to see you more. You'd be happy to see how much nate wears your old neckties. He is inspired by you, and might one day decide to become a doctor as well.
Love you always, your favorite grandchild

Our condolences to the wonderful Barness' and Gilbert-Barness' families. We found recently of Lew's passing but having had him and Enid as mentors, colleagues and friends was indeed a truly and deeply appreciated privilege. I joined the Tampa/St. Petersburg USF residency program as an intern in pediatrics in 1975 and quickly learned from Lew and the terrific team he had brought with him from Philadelphia. Our children were his patients. I was a part of his team as a junior faculty in...

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Barness's passing. He was very instrumental in my becoming a PNP and I am very grateful to him for that. I first met him at HUP on Ward G. I worked the 12 -8 shift and I used to stay after my shift ended to make rounds with him and learn.....he was a wealth of pearls. He was funny though as he would come on the ward very early in the morning and want to know all about the patients and he would tell me certain facts about their diseases and then when he made...

I just found out about Dr. Barness', passing. I can say unequivocally that I became a pediatrician due to his influence. I was a rotating intern at USF in 1974 with no good idea of what I really wanted to do. Fortunately, I started in pediatrics and was exposed to Dr. Barness (along with Drs Root, Curran, Malone & Hallock). The rest is history and I've never regretted my decision or forgotten Dr. Barness. There was another rotating intern that year (Bob Katz), and we became Katz...

I trained in pediatrics at USF in the mid 1980's and found him to be interested in his department members at all levels from the intern to the professors. Most importantly I found him to be an honest man.

I met Lew when I was a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He immediately challenged my diagnosis, as a consultant, and we playfully exchanged information. I later understood that I had been tested and fortunately, passed.
I met Enid Gilbert in 1988 when I assumed the role of Laboratory Director and Professor of Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. We became friends and even closer friends when Lew joined her in Madison. Two very great people professionally; two...

I was an intern under Dr. Barness in 1974. If it had not have been for his help I would have left my training program at U.S.F. because of physical and sleep deprivation. He was truly one of those special educators who know how to influence students' lives in special ways. I will miss him!

Wayne S. Blocker (M.D.).

He called my late husband "Charlie Brown," and therefore I was Mrs. Brown. He wondered why women, and then psychiatrists, should go to medical school, and this was teasing. He was always respectful, and accurate with a water pistol.

Dr. Barness was a favorite of our Class of 1963 at Penn. He was so bright and quick. When one of us poor medical students came up with a diagnosis on rounds, he would say,"that's 99th on my list." I'm so glad he lived a long and fruitful life.
Barry D. Galman, M.D.


Lewis's Obituaries

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...

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