Barry M. Mitchell
1933 - 2021
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. - Kingston
27 Smith Avenue
Kingston, NY
KINGSTON-Barry M. Mitchell, a resident of Kingston for the last 30 years, died on January 26, 2021 at Golden Hill Nursing Home. He mercifully escaped COVID 19. Barry was a Canadian citizen who was a pioneering mathematician.. He graduated from the University of Toronto with both his bachelor's and master's degrees and obtained his Ph.D. at Brown University. His academic career included teaching at Columbia University, Bowdoin College and Rutgers University. He wrote two textbooks; "Calculus Without Analytic Geometry" and the pioneering "Theory of Categories." His wit and graceful style made these difficult subjects easier to understand. Barry was born on June 25, 1933. He loved good company, good wine, French cuisine (he greatly enjoyed Le Canard Enchaine), and the Hudson Valley, as well as living in his historic house, Cloverly. He generously supported causes dear to him. He is survived by distant relatives in Canada and several close friends, including Doreen Peone, Adele Calcavecchio, Jim Fitzmorris and Andrew Tarr. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc.. 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston. Private graveside services were held at Montrepose Cemetery. Those who would like to help his causes may send donations to the Ulster County SPCA and/or
Published by the Daily Freeman from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2021.
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Ellis and I are so very sorry to learn of Barry's death. We were long time friends when we lived in NYC. Ellis was one of Barry's PhD students back in the day. We had a fun and memorable trip to a Math conference in San Francisco with him back in the '70s. I believe he made ratatouille the first time we all had dinner with him...I recall his playful and teasing spirit. Up until about 5 years ago we continued to hear from him by phone occasionally. I sent Christmas cards to his Kingston address every year including 2020. Not sure if he received them if he was living at a nursing facility. We are quite sad to hear of his passing. So grateful to the photo that was shared here. So glad he had close friends.
Carolyn and Ellis Cooper
March 25, 2021
Rest peacefully my dear Barry. Barry and I became friends in 2005. He was always filled with stories about his life and travels. He loved his cat he named Gray had he rescued from the SPCA. Barry loved a good glass of wine and watching old movies. He enjoyed staying up-to-date with current events and wrote many letters to the editor when he could. I use to visit him frequently until my father became ill and passed away in 2019. My father ( John Erceg ) and Barry were also friends. I will miss our conversations and reflections of days gone by. RIP Barry. Till we all meet again. I will smile with cherished memories.
Doreen Peone
February 7, 2021
My dear sweet Barry. I pray he is resting peacefully. He and I became friends in 2005. Barry was always filled with stories about his life. He loved his cat named Gray and enjoyed a good glass of wine while watching old movies. He kept up on current events and wrote letters to the editor when he could. I wasn’t able to visit Barry as much the last couple of years because my father was ill. He and my father ( John Erceg ) who passed last September were also friends. I will cherish the memories of times we all spent together.
Doreen Peone
February 7, 2021
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