James Barrack Sr.Linotype operatorJames A. Barrack Sr.,...


James Barrack Sr.

Linotype operator

James A. Barrack Sr., a retired Linotype operator who served on committees that organized the deaf Olympics, died Friday of cancer at his home in Loch Raven Village. He was 70.

Mr. Barrack retired in 1991 after 18 years at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington. Before that, he worked for Modern Linotypers in Baltimore for 25 years.

Mr. Barrack, who lost his hearing after a bout with whooping cough when he was 8, graduated from the Maryland School for the Deaf in 1941. In 1980, Gov. Harry R. Hughes appointed him to the Board of Visitors, the school's governing body.

"As a director of the school, he had a uniquely different point of view of the school and the board's responsibility to it, and I think that was his real value to the school," said David Denton, superintendent of the Maryland School for the Deaf from 1967 to 1992. "He was a very effective and a very vocal advocate for the children.

"He was not only a member of the board. He was a deep personal friend of mine. I remember his graciousness, his kindness and his devotion to the school. He absolutely loved the school."

HTC Mr. Barrack was secretary-treasurer of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf from 1960 to 1968, and was elected president of the organization in 1968 and 1969.

From 1966 to 1981, he served on the U.S. World Games for the Deaf Committee. He also traveled throughout the United States and Europe as a planner of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games for the Deaf.

"My father was a very organized man. [Serving on the committees] was a wonderful experience for him," said his daughter, Bonnie Ritz of Phoenix. "People knew him all over the country."

Mr. Barrack was a member of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf and the Silent Oriole Club. From 1944 to 1955 he was a member of the Youth Silent League, a basketball team for deaf youths. He had been a member of Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf since 1943.

In his spare time, he enjoyed swimming, playing basketball and was interested in photography.

Services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Cecelia Wolsky; a son, Jim Barrack of Brockton, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

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