James Mason Barney ’69 died on November 26, 2007, in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Born on April 15, 1947, in Salem, Mass., he prepared for College at Hamilton- Wenham High School in Massachusetts and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation, he was the chair of the history department at Rockwood Academy in Lenox, Mass. for a year. From 1970 to 1973, he was a manager with Essex County Bank & Trust Co. in Peabody, Mass. He then joined Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company as a special agent in Boston before returning to the banking industry. In 1976, he was assistant to the president of the Lynn Five Cents Savings Bank and, in 1978, became the president of the Ipswich Savings Bank. In recent years, he was involved in property management. In Bowdoin affairs, he served as 1969’s Class Secretary for many years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, the First Congregational Church of Ipswich, and the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, where he was a deacon. He also served as a corporator of Cable Memorial Hospital in Ipswich. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Brown) Barney, whom he married in 1970; his mother, Edna (Sprague) Barney; a son, Mason Barney ’99 of New York City; a daughter, Carolyn Barney of Beverly, Mass.; a sister, Ann Barney of Hamilton, Mass., and a brother, Hillman Barney of Ipswich, Mass.