Dr. Peter R Barry


Whitewater - Dr. Peter R. Barry, 87 of Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away March 31st at Fairhaven Whitewater.
Peter was born December 26th, 1931 in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada and lived in Fort Kent, Maine until he attended Saint Anselm's College (AB history), Boston College (MA history), and UW Madison (PhD history). Peter's first teaching position was at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. While working at Cardinal Stritch, he was finalizing his dissertation at UW Madison entitled "The New Hampshire Merchant Interest, 1609-1725". Peter was a professor of history at UW Whitewater teaching courses such as American Revolution and Confederation, American Military History and Strategy, and the US at War in Vietnam. He served as chairman of the salary committee at UW Whitewater, too. Simultaneous to his teaching career, Peter was an officer in the U.S. Army and later the Army Reserve retiring at the rank of Colonel. Peter attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Army War College, and was a diplomat of the National Defense University. He served as adjunct faculty at the Command and General Staff College, was a West Point interim faculty member, and was Deputy Commander of the Center of Military History reporting to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. In Walworth County, Wisconsin Peter served as a Walworth County Board member for several terms and chaired the computer and audit committees and the tri county training and employment consortium.
Peter was the beloved father of Elizabeth (Beth) (Richard) Ruderman and loving grandfather of Aaron and Barry Ruderman of Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Peter was a dear son of the late Henrietta Losier Barry and the late Alfred Thomas Barry of Fort Kent, Maine. He was predeceased by his older twin brothers Thomas Marc Barry and Joseph Paul Barry and his younger brother Arthur Alfred (Caroline Cyr) Barry.
Private interment will be at St Louis Cemetery in Fort Kent, Maine. May his memory be for a blessing.
Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit www.olsen-gibson.com
Published on April 10, 2019
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Al Marin
May 07, 2019
Peter was an upper classman to me and his brother Arthur, at St. Francis High School in Biddeford Maine and later at St. Anslem’s College in Manchester NH. Peter was involved with a Newsletter at St Francis. He gave me a typing assignment once. Arthur became my roommate at St. Anslem’s.
Lionel Dube
May 04, 2019
Played chess with Peter in Fort Kent when we were teens.
Nice kid--Parents also very nice
Lionel Dube
May 04, 2019
Played chess with Peter when we were teens in Fort Kent, Maine.
Nice kid by the way.
His parents --very nice.
Jennet & Owais Succari
Apr 18, 2019
Dear Beth and Dick,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Loosing a parent is very hard... through Laura, we heard a lot of nice stories of Grandpa Peter’s happy time chatting with Jaggie Walter. Reading the obituary, we realized Grandpa Peter had a colorful full life! His bright intelligent genes are well presented in his beloved daughter and her aspiring sons! May fond memories of Grandpa Peter help you for courage and peace at this very difficult time!
Boris & Laura Tomacic and Family
Apr 18, 2019
I always enjoyed spending time with Grandpa Peter. What a fascinating, intelligent, understated man! He was an extended part of our family too. I will never forget his kindness to my newly widower father Wally. Those two grandpas would share Army stories together over beers or coffee. We are very fortunate to have these wonderful memories of them as they now both have continued their deep conversations in heaven! We will miss him tremendously! Xoxo