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Barry O. Smith, EdD, 77, formerly of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019 in Green Ridge Village, Newville, PA. He was born February 6, 1942 to the late Barton O. and Geraldine (Reichenbach) Smith.
A devout Lutheran, Barry last attended the Big Spring United Lutheran Church, Newville. Dedicating his life‘s work to the field of education, he earned his BSEd from Bloomsburg State College in 1964, a MSEd from Bucknell University in 1969 and an EdD from Temple University in 1979. Barry taught in the Pottstown SD from 1964-1966, then moved to the Norwick SD from 1966-1977 where he taught math and physics and held the positions of middle school principal and assistant to the superintendent. In 1977, Barry moved to the Midd-West School District as assistant superintendent and superintendent. He finished his career as an associate professor at Shippensburg Universityfrom 1989 to 2000 and worked as a hearing officer for special education from 1991-2008.
Surviving are his children, Jeffrey Smith of Sunbury, PA and Cindy Smith-Parr (Andy) of Blacksburg, VA; grandson, Jacob; brother, Terry Smith of Harrisburg, PA and companion, Sandy Cones of Newville.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Green Ridge Village, 210 Big Spring Rd., Newville, PA 17241 with Rev. Barbara D. Albert officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant House, Att: Sandra Latchman, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, New York 10001-1810. Please visitwww.hollingerfuneralhome.com for condolences to the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA.
My Journey with the NRHS would not started without Barry cause he was one of the folks that inspired me to keep going in the Railroad Industry and he was a lot of nurturing for those who wanted to pursue a dream in the rail industry. My last memories I had with him were during Railcamp 2012 at Steamtown NHS in Scranton PA. Farewell Barry may you have a Clear Track ahead to the Heaven. You will sorely be missed by me and the rest of the Railcamp Class of 2012.
Andrew Dietrick Jan 25 2020 12:00 AM
My life as I know it today would not be the same without Barry Smith. He made significant contributions to young people interested in trains while leading the RailCamp program for many years. He believed in students who possessed mental and physical disadvantages. My last memories of Barry included eating lunch together at the Red Robin near his home in Newville, riding the rare mileage trip out of Sunbury, and attending my wedding in Sept-2015. Janice and I will miss him
Michael J. Muldowney Jan 23 2020 12:00 AM
Family, please accept my sincere condolences on Barry's death. We essentially grew up together . . . me on Tenth Street, Barry on Walnut Street. Our playground was the Walnut St. field . . . baseball, football, the 'Gut'( how many balls did we fish out of that sewer?), the Friendship Playground located in the center of that field and then moved to the football stadium, circus days when the big top rolled into town, and just 'hangin' out'. Elementary school at the 4th Ward, playing in the dismantled 'old' high school football field, junior high school, and back to the 4th Ward building (no longer an elementary school) for high school. I remember Barry even started drum lessons for a short time. Maybe he and I would have been in the same drum line had he continued. I remember a particular party in the Augusta St. home, after high school, when I think a girl named Ida was present. Then our paths separated over the years except for a few Class of '60 reunions, but I'd see Jeff once in awhile and he'd keep me up to date. I remember a story Barry told of waiting on Altoona's Horseshoe Curve for a train and some other s had the nerve to stand in front of him . . . blocking his view. Did he toss some small stones at them, or is my memory of the story 'fuzzy'? Makes me smile, anyway. I can see him doing that. Rest in peace, old friend. It was a real pleasure knowing you.
Barry Keefer Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM