George E. Barrett Jr., a retired assistant attorney general whose career spanned more than two decades, died Friday of lung cancer at Carroll Hospice in Westminster. The Owings Mills resident was 67.
George Edmund Barrett Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Moreland Avenue. He was a 1960 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in 1964.
Mr. Barrett was a social worker for the Baltimore Department of Social Services for two years and then served in the Army as a social worker specialist from 1966 to 1968.
From 1968 to 1969, he was a social worker at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn., and then moved to San Francisco, where he was a sales representative for Bekins Van Lines.
He returned to Baltimore and earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975.
After serving as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County, Mr. Barrett became an assistant attorney general, working with the attorney general's Subsequent Injury Fund and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Mr. Barrett retired in 2002 after heart transplant surgery, said his wife of 39 years, the former Lucille Zuppardi.
A gathering in celebration of his life will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Club 39 Room, 39 W. Lexington St.
Also surviving are two sons, Nicholas V. Barrett of Canton and Christopher W. Barrett of Codorus, Pa.; his mother, Hazel Barrett of Baltimore; a sister, Beverly Carter of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.