Friday, May 14, 2021


Dr. Charles Barr


Dr. Charles Barr passed away on March 13, at the age of 92. He was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. During his lifetime, he also resided in Baltimore, Md.d, South Orange, New Jersey, Manhattan, New York, and, ultimately, he retired to the Connecticut shoreline, with his final residence in Branford.

Dr. Barr graduated in 1950 from the University of Virginia and in 1954, he received a degree in dental medicine from the Medical College of Virginia. In 1961, he received a master’s degree in periodontology and Oral Medicine from the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship in oral pathology in 1979 at Long Island Jewish Medical Center; he was a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

He served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1956. Dr. Barr’s career spanned many decades, focusing on oral medicine as an administrator, a researcher, and as a teaching professor. He was an associate professor of oral medicine at the University of Maryland, and Chairman of Dental Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. In addition, he was professor of dentistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ultimately attaining the honor of professor emeritus. He traveled extensively to South American countries and to the mid-East, lecturing and teaching in his field for the World Health Organization.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Barr published in scientific journals and was the recipient of numerous awards and citations and, in 2006, he was honored as an outstanding alumnus of the Medical College of Virginia. In his later years, he continued to conduct research at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Barr was a docent for 17-plus years at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, and he also volunteered at the Yale New Haven Smilow Cancer Center in Guilford, and at the Guilford library.

In 1956, Dr. Barr married Judith Keller, to whom he was devoted throughout their 57 years of marriage. Judith predeceased him in 2013. Together they had two children, Stephen Harry (Rebecca Vogel) and Vivienne Hanna (Perry Braun). Sadly, his son died in 2002, and his daughter died in 2019. Dr. Barr had four grandchildren, Samuel Barr and Jack, Nicole, and Andrew Braun. In 2015, Dr. Barr married Margo Merin, with whom he had a loving marriage until his death.

Charles was a man who put ethics and morality first in both his thinking and in his actions toward others. He was a gentle man and a gentleman. It was not necessary for him to tell others of his achievements—he knew what they were and that was fine with him. He will be extremely missed by all who knew him and who loved him. Contributions in Dr. Barr’s memory may be sent to the Jewish Family Services of New Haven, Connecticut or to Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, Connecticut.

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