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Notes for William Phillip II BARBA

Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - Wednesday, May 24, 2000
William P. Barba 2d, 77, a former dean and vice president of Temple University Medical School, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Jenkintown.

He had been a resident of Jenkintown for 36 years.

Dr. Barba followed his father, Phillip, not only into medicine but specifically into pediatrics. He maintained a private practice in the Germantown section of Philadelphia for about 10 years and was affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, United Hospitals Medical Center in Newark, N.J., and other facilities.

But his first love was teaching, said a colleague, Roger Sevy, who was dean of Temple's medical school from 1973 to 1979. "It was his primary interest," he said. "He was very dedicated to the students."

Beginning in 1961, Dr. Barba spent three years as director of medical education of the babies unit at United Hospitals of Newark, and while there, he had a brief fling with politics, serving on the Mountain Lakes Borough Council.

In 1964, Dr. Barba returned to the faculty of the Temple University School of Medicine, where he had been an instructor and associate professor from 1952 to 1961.

He was an associate dean in 1969 when he was appointed acting dean of the medical school after the resignation of Robert M. Bucher. Dr. Barba held that position until 1971, when he was named associate vice president for affiliated hospitals and executive director of Temple's North Philadelphia affiliates. He was responsible for developing programs for medical students. He retired in 1987.

Dr. Barba grew up in Germantown and graduated from the Penn Charter School in 1940 before earning a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1943. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1946 and serving an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, he went into the Navy.

Finished with his military service in 1949, Dr. Barba spent three years, first as a pediatric resident and later as an instructor, at a research hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He then returned to Philadelphia, beginning his long affiliation with the Temple University School of Medicine.

Dr. Barba was a member of many professional and civic organizations, including serving as president of the Philadelphia Blood Center.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie "Ducky" Canby Barba; sons Randolph, William 3d and Phillip; a daughter, Katharine; and eight grandchildren.

Services and burial are private.

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