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The Passing of Stephen A. Barre ‘60

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Passing of Stephen A. Barre ‘60

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the recent passing of Mr. Stephen A. Barre ’60 on August 30, 2017.  Mr. Barre served on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2010 and was a member of the Rensselaer Palmer C. Ricketts Society of Patroons.

Mr. Barre earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard. He began his student life as a Rensselaer Medalist. While at Rensselaer, he served as commander of the Air Force ROTC Cadet Wing, vice president of Eta Kappa Nu, manager of the Glee Club, and as a member of the Council of Club Presidents.

After serving as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, in 1965 Mr. Barre joined Systems Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio. In 1982, he joined the board of directors of Servo Corporation of America in Hicksville, New York. Mr. Barre became Servo’s president and chairman in 1984, and served out the remainder of his career there.

Mr. Barre was an active alumnus and was recognized with the Alumni Key Award in 1987, the Albert Fox Demers Medal in 1996, and was elected a Rensselaer Alumni Association Fellow in 2000. He served on the Rensselaer Annual Fund Leadership Gift Committee, the New York City Leadership Gift Committee, the Rensselaer Council, the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) Board of Trustees, the RAA Hall of Fame Balloting Committee, and the National Alumni Division of the New Century Campaign.

Mr. Barre is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara; children, Christopher Barre (Lisa) of Connecticut, David Barre of California, and Robin Barre (Souhail) of Tampa; brother, James Barre (Carol) of North Carolina; brother-in-law, Stuart Schram (Diana) of Ohio; grandchildren, Justin and Shannon; and many nieces and nephews.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Barre’s family and friends. Please join me in taking a moment to reflect on the contributions he made to our university and to our world. He will never be far from our thoughts.