Jeffrey David Barnett, MD, 75, of West Hartford, died of brain cancer on May 22, 2021. He died peacefully in the home he'd bought 43 years before with his wife of 48 years, Dorien (Doey) Barnett, and their daughter, Sara Williams Barnett. He is survived by his brother Lawrence of Sonoma, California and sister Gina of New York City. Jeff was born to Norman Barnett and Florence Seidelman Barnett of New York on November 5th, 1945, and grew up in Scarsdale. Always an avid learner, Jeff graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. It was also at Columbia that Jeff met Doey, who was a student in the nursing school. Jeff completed his residency in internal medicine at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and practiced in Berkeley, California, where Sara was born in 1977. In 1978 the new family returned to the familiarity of the East coast. Jeff joined the faculty at The University of Connecticut Health Center, where he practiced until retirement. Jeff's happiness thrived among the flowers of his garden, in reading about science, politics, and the arts, tinkering with cars, and in listening to the classics from Beethoven to The Stones. Those who knew and loved Jeff will miss his great humor and enthusiasm for life. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
Published by Hartford Courant on May 25, 2021.