Sunday, July 16, 2017
John Francis Barry, Jr. of Southport, a former Westport resident, died July 2 at home. He was 91.
The fourth child of John Francis and Helen Roff Barry, he was born Dec. 1, 1925 in Waterbury. He graduated from Cranwell Preparatory School (’43), Princeton University (’47), and Columbia Law School (’52).
He proudly served as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he returned to Princeton and remained a loyal Tiger until his death.
On Sept. 10, 1949, Jack married his hometown sweetheart Rosemary Susan Quinn, who predeceased him in 2012.
He practiced law for more than 40 years in New York as a partner at Lord Day & Lord, then Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith, and completed his legal career at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in 1995.
During the 1960s, he served as general counsel of the Bridgeport Brass Company.
The consummate corporate legal adviser, he traveled the globe for his many notable clients and participated in many precedent setting transactions, including the hostile takeover of New York Central Railroad, The New York Times Company’s issuance of two classes of voting stock, and the establishment of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, with branches from Zurich to Sydney.
An avid reader and politics buff, he loved a spirited debate and brought his Socratic approach to every dinner table discussion.
A longtime resident of Greens Farms and Southport, he was active in local affairs and served as a board member for several organizations, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, the Fairfield Harbor Management Commission, the Sasquanaug Association, and the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
One enduring local legacy he left was the carefully crafted restrictions he negotiated decades ago on the Nyala Farms office park conversion in Greens Farms that preserve to this day the bucolic appearance of the former dairy farm, historic stone well and open fields vista.
Above all his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his family, including his nine children, Morgan Morton of Houston, Texas, John F. Barry III of Riverside, Rosemary Barry of Westport, Michael Barry, Polly Barry and Maura Grinalds of Southport, Deirdre Barry of New York, New York, and his deceased sons, Christopher Barry and Matthew Barry, his 24 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brothers Robert, Richard, Tony and Paul Barry and sisters Dorothy Crean, Carol Powell and Jeanne Barry.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606 or Pequot Library, Southport, CT 06890, where Jack enjoyed reading by the fire.
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