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    Posted: 16 Feb 2016 at 8:39am

James Halford Barry (June 26, 1924 - January 6, 2016)

Jim passed away peacefully at home the evening of January 6, 2016, after a long illness. The cause of death was cancer. Captain James Halford Barry, USN, Retired, was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 26, 1924 to Halford T. Barry and Bess B. Barry, both of Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Franklin High School and attended Iowa State College in Ames for one year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1947.

During his thirty years in the Navy, he served aboard the cruisers USS Macon and Juneau, submarines USS Irex SS 482, XO USS Blackfin SS 322 and CO USS Bluegill SS 242. He was CO of USS Bexar LPA 237 until her decommissioning during which time Bexar was one of two ships to bring home the first contingent of Marines from Vietnam. He served on the Staffs of COM First FLT, COM PHIB GRU3 in San Diego, CINCLANTFLT and COM 5 Norfolk and Chief of Staff COM 12 San Francisco.
Jim earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Postgraduate School and an MS in Political Science from George Washington University. He attended the Naval War College. He taught for one year at the US Naval Academy and was stationed for two years in Paris with NATO. Upon retiring, Jim went to law school, passed the California Bar and practiced law for several years before retiring to take care of real estate interests.
He was a member of the San Diego Crime Commission, was active in the land Use Committee of the La Jolla Town Council and delivered Meals-on-Wheels, serving as Chairman for two years. Jim kept bees as a hobby and devised his own method of extracting honey to give to friends and neighbors. As an Eagle Scout in his youth, he was an experienced camper in the wild. He and his wife pitched their tent at sites throughout the West, mostly in Utah and the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. Sailing and travel were other favorite pastimes. One memorable trip was throughout China to the western cities of Kashgar and Urumxi, over the mountains by jeep to the Hunza Valley and various points in Pakistan.
Jim leaves his wife of 68 years, the former Alice (Cita) Whitecotton; five children, Susan Barry Hooper (Steve) of San Diego, Charlotte Barry Williams (Dirk) of Oceanside, James Barry, Jr. of Honolulu, Edith Barry of New York and Peter Barry (Nellie) of Hong Kong; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Interment will be at Miramar National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors or a charity of choice .

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 14, 2016

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