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Ralph Barron

Ralph Barron, 87, died unexpectedly on October 26, 2016. A true renaissance man, he was our doctor, friend, protector, cheerleader, builder, financial consultant, political expert, story teller but most of all, our hero.

Ralph was born in September of 1929 in Weirton, West Virginia, and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio where he began his career in the steel mills. In 1951, Ralph enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and honorably served in the Korean War where he was awarded a Medal of Valor and achieved the rank of E6 Staff Sargent.

After returning from Korea, Ralph graduated from Youngstown State University and then graduated from College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, returning to Ohio to practice medicine for the next 30 plus years.

During his career, Dr. Barron served on many medical boards, including the Summit County Board of Health. He was also published in the Library of Congress for his research work in the field of Internal Medicine, and was a physician who pioneered new techniques and procedures.

In addition to medicine, Ralph pursued various business endeavors, flew planes, traveled, fished and skied all over the world, played softball and enjoyed his other home in Montana where friends and family often gathered.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis; his two daughters, Kara (Eric Burr) and Mary Anne; three grandchildren, Anna, Alecsander and Benjamin.

Services will be private. For inspiration, on a clear night, look to the second star to the right of the North Star.

Donations in memory of Dr. Ralph Barron can be made to: 3rd BN 11th Marine Foundation c/o Sara Kliewer, 14126 Bluff Manor, San Antonio, Texas 78216.


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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2016.
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November 22, 2019
Sad to just hear of Dr Barron's death. He was an energetic mentor of mine, well read, intelligent, challenging and kind hearted. I will miss him.
Paul Benchwick D.O.,F.A.C.O.I.
Paul Benchwick
September 29, 2019
Ralph Barron was an excellent, physician, teacher and mentor to me. Similar to Ralph I was a former marine; He took me under his guidance and helped prepare me for career in medicine. I am eternally grateful. Rest In Peace my friend. Larry Sidaway DO, FACP, FACC, FASNC.
Larry Sidaway
November 17, 2016
I just today learned of Dr. Barron's passing. I had the honor and privilege to have been one of the hundreds of medical students, interns and residents that he trained. Going on rounds with the good Doctor was always an exciting adventure as you never knew what new lesson he was going to teach you that day. He made me a better physician. I will always be in his debt and I shall always be thankful that I was his student.
Darryll Barksdale, DO
November 17, 2016
Ralph and I were two of the 1962 graduating class of COMS from Youngstown. There was a good representation from the city. I was one of his lab. partners during surgical experimentation on a dog (a practice which I hope has been discontinued.) Ralph's anatomic knowledge and surgical expertise were impressive, so I assumed he would go on to a surgical career. But apparently he had a very successful one in internal medicine.

It was always a treat to converse and spend time with Ralph, as he was always the extrovert and optimist, and always ready with an appropriate quip.

So sorry that I hadn't seen him since graduation, but happy to hear that he had a long, happy, and productive life.
Herb Kaufman
November 17, 2016
Graduated w Ralph one of the real dood guys my condolences

Jerry Cooper 1962
Jerry Cooper
November 6, 2016
Alec and Ben and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather. After reading about his life I can see he was an amazing person and will be deeply missed. Thinking of you and sending prayers.
Angela Wojtecki
November 5, 2016
Dear Phyllis, Kara and Mimi,

You are in our prayers through this most difficult time. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Cheryl Thomas Megenhardt & Carol Turner
November 4, 2016
To Dr. Barron's Family,
I was a Student Practical Nurse at Green Cross Hospital in 1970. I remember Dr. Barron so well for asking we students how his patients were doing. He was so encouraging to us and could teach or answer our questions anytime. His obituary was a real tribute to his life. May you feel the comfort of God's loving embrace during these difficult days.
Bettina Percoco Nugent, LPN
Bettina Percoco Nugent
November 3, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
November 3, 2016
Dear Phyllis, Kara and Mimi,
We are truly sorry for your great loss. Dr. Barron was a great man and friend, truly like a big brother to us and our family. He will always be cherished in our hearts for his loving spirit and kindness towards us...Love, Jim (Cheech) & Shelly Ruby
Jim Ruby
November 3, 2016
To the family of Ralph Barron you have my sympathy on your lost. The memories of Ralph will comfort you forever.
Bob Foraker
November 3, 2016
Like a father who removes the cause of his children's suffering and dries their eyes, God will help and strengthen you during this difficult time. Jeremiah 29:12
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