A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Barry Greenberg

February 15, 1942October 11, 2020

Professor Emeritus Barry Greenberg passed away on October 11, 2020. Brooklyn born and raised, Barry graduated from Lincoln High in 1958, when he was 16 years old. After graduating Brooklyn College with a degree in mathematics he received a combined master’s and PhD in statistics and educational research from NYU.

Barry was a passionate educator having started his career as a junior-high school teacher before moving to undergraduate and then graduate level professorships. He was Director of Institutional Research at Miami Dade Community College in the 1960s, before leaving for a similar role at the then newly formed Florida International University. In addition to his professorship, he served for a time as Assistant Provost and President of the Faculty Senate.

Barry was involved in research and evaluation of the efficacy of educational programs for almost 50 years. His work took him from the Bahamas to Oxford University and many spots in-between. He helped Native Americans in Florida and the Hebrew Academy on Miami Beach. He studied topics ranging from the value of early childhood reading to the importance of healthy school-grown eating in under privileged elementary schools.

For the last 20 years he was involved in the medical field as an entrepreneur having established an online training evaluation program for medical residents that was adopted by a number of hospitals. More importantly to him, he trained medical students at Miami Children’s Hospital in the fundamentals of research. This led him to his final phase of work in Evidence-based Medicine. He was so proud to have participated in research in what was then a beginning field of specialty at Oxford.

Barry always had ideas. Most of them ahead of their time. After first arriving in Miami, he invented and produced the Magic Mathbox, a game-base math education kit used in classrooms in NYC and Miami. Outside of academia, he produced flannel bedding with his wife, called Sweats-for-the-Bed. After too many nights of lost sleep, he very much wanted to produce a device to test restaurant coffee to make sure decaf was actually decaf. And there was going to be an App to put the photographer in the picture he just took. Barry wanted to invent a more advanced selfie before there was a selfie.

He was married to his wife, Shelley for more than 56 years, having asked her out for 4 dates to start when they met at Brooklyn College. He was a second son to Shelley’s parents, Sam and Gertie, and the only son to his parents, Jack and Lillian. He loved his daughter Blythe and his son-in-law Leon, and his son Craig and his daughter-in-law Yolanda, until his last breath. His two granddaughters, Peyton and Alexandra were his life and hope for a better world.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Memories

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Alan Blume

October 19, 2020

Mr. Greenberg was my 7th grade math teacher at Mark Twain in the early 60’s. He went the extra mile with all of us. Over the years when I spoke about teachers who made a difference in my life Barry Greenberg was always and will always be at the top of my list.

Alan Blume

Eli Herschmann

October 15, 2020

To the Greenberg family

I had the pleasure of working with Barry, when I was president of the Rabbi Alexander Gross Hebrew Academy. Barry was engaged to guide us through the process which led to the Academy’s being accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was a friend and a mentor. He was always available to us as we became the first accredited Jewish day school in Miami. May his soul find eternal rest in heaven and perhaps he will encounter the soul of our dear Rabbi Gross and share memories of their joint success at the Hebrew Academy.
Eli Herschmann, MD

Charles DiVita

October 14, 2020

Barry was a dear friend and colleague at FIU for three decades. His brilliant mind was equally matched by his compassionate heart and wonderful sense of humor. Yet, with these gifts, he remained a humble, unassuming, and well-grounded person. He was among the most generous persons I have ever know. His students and colleagues loved him, as did I. I had the honor to work and and travel widely with Barry for many years. I never once saw him fail to call home when we arrived at our destination, and he never once failed to ask about my family while we were together. Barry loved people. It’s easy too see why people loved him so dearly. I know how deeply he loved his family and how completely they loved and cherished him. Judy and I send our love to Shelly, Blythe, Craig and to all of the Greenberg family. Barry was a gift.
Charles and Judy DiVita

Myra Jacobs

October 14, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to Barry.
Barry was an "ultimate mench"
He was a great friend and we feel lucky to have had him in our lives...
We had a special connection with Barry when we discovered that Paul's father
(Mr. Jacobs as Barry called him) was Barry's mentor at Mark Twain Jr High in Coney Island and Barry just loved telling funny stories about that experience.
Barry will be missed by many and his memory will be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.
Love and Light always
Myra & Paul Jacobs

Annika Sten Parson

October 13, 2020

As dear friends to Craig and Yolanda in NYC for a period of five years I was fortunate enough to meet Craig’s parents Barry and Shelley several times. I have a very special memory of Barry when he and Shelley came to our outdoor terrace in Chelsea to celebrate Eastern. Craig couldn’t join us but they both came with Yolanda and Alexandra. It was a family gathering with a mix of American friends and homesick Swedish students longing for an egg hunt and some herrings. Barry was so interested in talking to everyone and specific the young adults far from home. The way he interacted and his curiosity for other people and our Swedish traditions stuck with me and it meant a lot. I’m thankful for having met Barry and Shelley.

Barbara R Manning

October 13, 2020

Barry was my junior high school mathematics teacher. We discovered this when my late husband and I became socially friendly with Shelley and Barry.
Barry and I often sang the Mark Twain JHS anthem.
Hats off to you, my dear friend. You will be missed.

Joyce Fine

October 13, 2020

To the Greenberg family,
I send my condolences. I have wonderful memories of Barry, first as one of my professors and then as a colleague. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share. May his memory be a blessing for all of you.
Joyce Fine

Patty Barbetta

October 13, 2020

I was saddened to hear this news this morning. I worked with Barry for many years at FIU. He was already an established professor when I joined the College of Education. I remember being immediately impressed with him and recognized his expertise and leadership skills. As I got to know him better, I was so pleased to find out that he was such a kind, good, and caring man. He was always so encouraging and supportive. I felt that way about him the whole time we worked together.

To his family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss.

Amira and Maury Donsky

October 13, 2020

Dear Shelley, Craig and Blythe and the Greenberg Family. We are so sorry for your loss. We have known both of you ever since we moved to Miami in 1971. We will miss Barry's sense of humor and wit. May he rest in peace. We love you.

Elaine Schiffman

October 13, 2020

Leon and I met Shelly and Barry in France about 25 years ago.. We remained good friends ever since sharing many good times and events. He was always full of enthusiasm for life and his love for his family. We will always cherish the wonderful memories we shared. Our love , thoughts and prayers for all of your family. Love , Elaine Leon and our family

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