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Ronald Delano Barbaro

September 4, 2016

Southern Shores – Ronald Delano Barbaro, born August 5th, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, son of Michael and Louisa (nee DeFeo) the last of 7 children, all deceased, passed from this life on September 4th, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ellen Catherine Lydon, and children Michele Messinger (Scott), Ronald S. Barbaro (Ann), and Mark S. Barbaro (Cynthia), and is predeceased by his daughter Andrea. His family includes 10 grandchildren: Katherine, Zachary, Gabriella, Victoria, and Gregory Messinger, Ronald P., Stephanie, Branden, Brittney, and Brent Barbaro, and one great-grandchild, Kyle. He attended Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Connecticut. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College in 1956 and a M.S. in Chemistry/Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island in 1959. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science/Chemistry from Rutgers University in 1966. He also attended Boston University, St. John’s University-Brooklyn, Fairfield University, and University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Dr. Barbaro worked as a meat cutter and floor sander during high school, as a technician at General Dynamics Corp – Electric Boat Shipyards in Groton , Conn,  American Cyanamid in Stamford, Conn, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Water Pollution Control in Athens Ga., and Air Pollution Control in Durham, N.C. . He was a founder and officer in Princeton Aqua Science, in Princeton N.J., and consulted at Glass Container Manufacturers Institute in New York City. He then founded and was president of GBC Associates in Falls Church, Virginia, and consulted internationally for the World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, the City of New York, and the United States Army.  He was a Chemistry and Environmental Science Professor at Northern Virginia Community College for 30 years. He holds a US patent for a water filtration apparatus and was a founding member of Filtersure. He published several scientific journals and co-authored “Primer on Environmental Impact Statements” with Frank Cross.

Retiring in 2003 to Southern Shores, North Carolina, he joined the Knights of Columbus, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and volunteered to assist the town of Southern Shores in their street conditioned survey. He loved playing baseball, classic automobiles (owned a few), the voice of Pavarotti, reading, playing the stock market, helping others, the joy of seeing that light bulb over a student’s head, and, most of all, Ellen Lydon and their family (plus a few pets here and there). A recent life highlight included falling out of his chair attempting to catch a foul ball at a Nationals game in September 2015. First thing he did upon getting up was kiss his startled wife. He scared her, but he caught the ball.

There will be a memorial service planned for later in the Fall.  Condolences to the family may be expressed at  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.