Bruce W. Barrett ’50

Bruce W. Barrett ’50 died February 5, 2014, in Wellesley, Mass. He was born on July 30, 1924, in Topsham, graduated from Brunswick High School in 1942, and joined the Navy. He served as a Sonarman Harbor Defense Third Class in the Pacific. Barrett50-obit-webAfter World War II, he enrolled at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity and studied math and physics. He then rejoined the Navy, serving on the USS Joseph P. Kennedy DD-850, escorting carriers during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1953, he entered graduate school at Harvard University and later transferred to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied electrical engineering. He spent his career as a computer, communications, and space engineer in the Boston area, with long stints at MITs Draper and Lincoln laboratories. Much of this work was classified. After retiring, he took up small-scale beekeeping and served as president of the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association. He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Nita Frangoulis Barrett; sons Curt, Randall, and Scott; five grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara E. Saunders. He was predeceased by his brothers, Arthur (Sonny) Patten Barrett, who was declared missing in action after going down with the USS De Haven in the South Pacific in 1943, and Ralph G. Barrett in 2002.

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