January 19, 1930 – July 1, 2018
Leo Barish of Sharon MA was entered into rest July 1, 2018 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Joy (Cohen) Barish. Devoted father of Jonathan Barish and Randall Barish. Graveside services will be held at the Chesed Shel Emet section of Plainville Cemetery, 1400 Old Plainville Road, New Bedford, MA on Thursday, July 5th at 11:00 AM. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
- Graveside Service Thursday, July 5, 2018
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July 4, 2018
Leo was an absolutely wonderful person that will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Decades after his retirement I continue to fondly tell others about memorable, work and personal experiences with Leo.
Leo was highly skilled and talented as a scientist. He made an immediate, positive impression on me when we first met at work in 1974. Leo, being the generous person he was, always volunteered to lend a hand. In one experience I was struggling to make progress in solving a difficult, technical problem. When Leo observed me to be struggling, he stepped in to help. He did this without knowing if his efforts would produce anything of value. In a short amount of time couple Leo came up with a novel, optical technique that revealed hidden, salient features. This contribution changed the direction of the work and led to an eventual solution. Experiences like this one were common with Leo.
Leo could be counted on for engaging conversation almost anytime of the workday, but lunchtime was the dependable time for conversation. Leo would almost always arrive with his lunch in a plain paper bag and sit with a regular group of friends. If you joined this lunch group for the first time, you would naturally consider yourself to be a coworker, not a friend. That status always changed quickly as Leo befriended everyone. From lunchtime conversations one learned that Leo had great empathy and caring for his family and friends. Many times it seemed like Leo's sole mission in life was to help others be successful in their endeavors. I think Leo just wanted to make the world into a better place.
July 3, 2018
I have so many fond memories of Leo, the first as a Northeastern coop, followed by 23 years of working with him professionally. The only trouble I got into with Leo as far as I know was during my coop years when I dumped a valuable set of density beads in a graduated cylinder down the drain. I was clueless, but I thought I was going to responsible for Leo having a stroke that day. I never did anything after that without getting Leo's OK. Oh yeah, those other twenty three years he kidded me endlessly with "once a coop always a coop". He called it how he saw it and never let me forget!
Leo was an extraordinary microscopist, but even more so a resource you sought on the toughest problems knowing his insights would prove invaluable. His dedication to his craft was a passion and life long commitment. He was a gentle, kind compassionate soul who always had a greeting or kind word that would brighten the workplace. I'm sure that's why his office was placed in the main corridor of the laboratory so his positive attitude would pervade the laboratory. Rest in peace, Leo, you were an amazing person to know.