Born in New York City. Barry graduated from the University of Dubuque with a degree in chemistry and biology. He served in the Army with duty in Virginia and Thule, Greenland.
Barry relocated to San Francisco in 1956 and began his career in San Francisco as a Plant Manager and Technical Director for an insecticide company. He married Evelyn Miller in 1960 and moved his career to the paint and coatings industry that same year. Barry and Evelyn have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Barry worked as a chemist, technical director, technical salesman, and partner in a sales distribution company until retirement.
Barry has participated actively in paint and plastics industry trade and technical organizations. He was Golden Gate Society President in 1963-64, Golden Gate Paint & Coatings President in 1968, National Program Chairman for The Federation, and Chairman of the WCS Symposium in 1968 and 1972. He has acted as a meeting and convention planner for more than 30 years.
In The Community
He is an active supporter of the Elderhostel, both as a participant and on-site host. Barry is a volunteer with The Jewish Family & Children’s Service, trained to teach a course in “Coping with Chronic Conditions” and as a television and radio pledge volunteer with KQED. He is a KQED docent and Director of docent activities. Barry was one of the winners of the first annual McNeil Awards as the KQED Volunteer of the Year in 1999. Past CAP (Community Advisory Panel) chair and chair-elect 2007 CAP. Barry and Evelyn were awarded the FAMMY award by the Jewish Children’s and Family Service “in appreciation of Extraordinary Caring and Dedicated Community Service”. They were also awarded a Metlife Foundation Community Champion Award and, in 2005, they were awarded a President’s Points of Light Award for Community Service.
In April of 2010, it will be 50 years since Barry first became a member while working for the Glidden Co.