Associate Professor Emeritus Robert O. Barr Jr.

Aug. 19, 2014

Associate Professor Emeritus Robert O. Barr Jr. died Aug. 13, 2014, in Providence, R.I., after a two-year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 74.

He was born Jan. 4, 1940, in Lima, Ohio. He was president and valedictorian of his 1957 graduating class at Sts. Peter and Paul High School in Ottawa, Ohio.

Barr earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1966 and began his career at Michigan State University as an assistant professor. He was promoted to professor with tenure in 1969 and retired as an associate professor emeritus of electrical engineering in 1997.

He was a member of the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi. Barr was active in his community, serving on the school board for East Lansing and as president of the University Club of Michigan State.

He married Hannelore "Lori" Moniz in Newport, R.I., on June 20, 2009, at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. The couple had homes in Okemos, Mich., and East Providence, R.I.

In his retirement, Barr enjoyed a second profession as a tennis umpire for the United States Tennis Association. The couple traveled all over the world while he umpired at the Tennis Hall of Fame, the U.S. Open, the German Open, the Heineken Open in New Zealand, the Australian Open and others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert O. Barr Sr. and Alberta Barr, and his son, Robert Brent Barr. He is survived by his wife, Lori; his daughter, Michelle Marie Barr; his stepdaughter Patricia and her husband Michael Magnone; his stepson Michael and his wife Tracy Moniz; and his sister Jean and her husband John Breza. He had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 22, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Warwick, R.I.

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