Dr. Barry James O'Connor

December 11, 1949January 16, 2013

O’CONNOR, Dr. Barry James (63) Succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease at 12:05am Jan. 16th. Barry was born in Spokane in 1949 to Tex and Grace. Barry was baptized and remained a Devout Catholic all his life. He attended St. Pat’s and St. Paschal Elementary, East Valley High, EWU, and Notre Dame. He served two years in the Peace Corps in Morocco. Upon returning to the States he resided in Washington D.C. where he accepted a position as a Grant Administrator for the Institute Of Peace. Later he settled and lived in Herndon, VA, where he continued his career. Barry had a great sense of humor. He was very liked by everyone lucky enough to have known him. Barry is survived by sisters, Beverly Butler, And Vicki Hurt, numerous nephews and nieces, his Godchildren, and friends. Visitation will be held Fri. Jan. 25th 5:30pm-7:00pm with The Rosary to be held at 6:00pm at St. Paschal Catholic Church 2523 N. Park Rd. Spokane, WA. Funeral Mass will be Saturday Jan. 26th, 11:00am at St. Paschal Catholic Church, with Graveside Services to be held at Holy Cross Cemetery following Mass at 12:30pm, 7200 N. Wall Spokane, WA., Father Floch will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barry’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter, 910 W. 5th Ave., Suite 256, Spokane, WA 99204. Barry was a wonderful brother. Se levee.


  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Rosary Service Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dr. Barry James O'Connor

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January 26, 2013

Barry was a special friend for more than 40 years -- from the halls of Notre Dame to the halls of Washington DC. He was at our wedding at Notre Dame in 1975, sang in our church choir in Virginia, cheered the Fighting Irish with us, and never failed to bring his famous cheesecake to Christmas dinner. We laughed together, prayed together, and worked together to support Ronald Reagan and the conservative cause.

As we bid Barry farewell, we remember how well he loved Faure's requiem and the words of In Paradisum. They seem especially apt today:

In Paradisum deducant angeli;
in tua adventu suscipiant te martyres
et perducant te
in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
Chorus angelorum suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
aeternam habeas requiem.

May the angels receive thee in paradise;
at thy coming may the martyrs
receive thee and bring thee
into the holy city Jerusalem.
There may the choir of angels receive thee
and with Lazarus, once a beggar,
may thou have eternal rest.

Bob and Terry Smith

Edward Choate

January 23, 2013

Barry was a wonderful, out-going and caring friend. He was always there when you needed to talk and was a compassionate individual and a great neighbor and friend in Carroll Hall at Notre Dame where I first met him. In his docoral work, he contributed extenssively to our knowledge of the French Republic's legislative process being the first individual to translate many of the documents into English where they could be more easily studied by researchers who followed him. He was gifted in so many ways, but his friendship I will always cherish. He was always there through the years until he could no longer do so. The disease that took away his intellect and his great memory is cruel and surely must be eradicated. Barry will be sorely missed by all his friends throughout the nation. The earth is darker now that his flame has been extinguished, but like him, we have faith that he is in a place of light and happiness free of disease and full of blessings.
Rest in Peace my Friend.

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

January 22, 2013

Dear Family,
we Sisters of the Holy Names who taught Barry at St. Patrick and St. Paschal grade schools, send to you our sympathy and prayers at this time when Barry's mortal life has changed to an eternal life.

January 22, 2013

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Dr. O'Connor, but grateful for his service to our nation as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association