Dr. Barry Schwartz

January 19, 1938January 6, 2021

Dr. Barry Schwartz, 82, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Barry was the son of the late Albert Schwartz and Ann Pogach Schwartz. He was a celebrated sociologist with a BS from Temple University, an MA from University of Maryland, and a PhD from University of Pennsylvania. Barry was a professor at the University of Chicago from 1970-1977 and the University of Georgia from 1977 until his retirement in 2000. To honor his distinguished career, UGA named him professor emeritus of sociology. During his career, Barry was a fellow at the UGA Institute for Behavioral Research and UGA Humanities Center, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Stanford, the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle, NC, the Smithsonian Museum of National History in Washington, DC, and a Davis Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the William A. Owens award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in 2000. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University.

Barry was considered an expert in collective memory. He was the author of numerous books, chapters, articles, reviews, and essays. He continued to publish and work with his colleagues until the end of his life.

Barry met his wife of 58 years on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, shortly after completing his service in the US Army. Together, they supported each other and built a joyful life and family.

An avid baseball fan whose enthusiasm for the sport goes back to the Philadelphia Athletics, Barry imparted his love of baseball to his grandchildren through frequent games of catch. Known for his good humor and quick with a joke, he enjoyed laughing and making others laugh. He was extraordinarily kind, generous, and modest. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Barry was a true role model who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Faye Cline Schwartz of Athens; children, Harald “Hal” Schwartz and his wife Jodi of Gaithersburg, MD, and Sarah Schwartz of Smyrna; grandsons, Aaron and Ian Schwartz and Heath and Asa Schwartz.

Funeral services will be held at the Bernstein Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 13. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, and the service will start at 2:00 PM. Rabbi Ronald Gerson will officiate. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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Joya Misra

January 14, 2021

Barry was one of the kindest and most supportive colleagues whom I ever had. He was legendary among the graduate students for his brillant teaching; everyone left the room smarter for having encountered him. The same was true for his colleagues. He treated me with such intellectual generosity; he also made me feel like I belonged, when I did not always feel like the academy was the right place for me. I think his love for his daughter made him unusually supportive of younger women colleagues like me. He was brilliant, funny, and thoughtful. He called me "Joyala," and he once sent an email message to the department calling me "Joyala." No one else has ever used that nickname. Even though I haven't seen him in years, I will miss knowing that he is out there. May his memory be a blessing.

Stephanie McClure

January 13, 2021

I had the privilege to have Dr. Schwartz as a professor during my time in grad school at UGA. He delighted in pushing all my buttons, pushing me to think harder. Always made me think he disagreed with me. Then let it slip that FDR was his favorite president, walking out of Baldwin Hall to the parking lot one evening. Then I sort of knew better. I still use notes from his classes in my classes, over 15 years later. He was a character, there is no question about that. I am so thankful that my life crossed paths with his. My sincere condolences to his close friends and family.

Holly and Marty Goldberg

January 12, 2021

Barry was a dear friend. We always enjoyed his company when he and Janet came to New Jersey. He was a truly extraordinary man with a terrific sense of humor. We will sincerely miss him.
Marty and Holly Goldberg

Don Butler

January 12, 2021

We are thinking of you all and will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. Barry will always hold a special place in our hearts.
We love you all very much.
Don and Julia Butler

Helene Schwartz

January 9, 2021

Janet and family,

I was very sorry to hear the news of Barry’s death when Rabbi Linder announced it last night at services. I always enjoyed talking to you and Barry whenever we ran into one another. He will be missed. May his memory be for a blessing.

Fond wishes,
Helene Schwartz