Maurice W. Barrett Sr., paper company executive, dies

Maurice W. Barrett Sr., a retired vice president of sales for a Baltimore paper company who had been a World War II Navy pilot, died July 2 of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Churchville home.

He was 91.

The son of a streetcar motorman and a homemaker, Mr. Barrett was born and raised in Catonsville. After graduating in 1938 from Catonsville High School, he went to work for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

Mr. Barrett enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and completed flight school at the naval air station in Pensacola, Fla. Commissioned an ensign, he was sent to the Pacific as an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot aboard aircraft carriers.

After combat ended in 1945, he was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a flight instructor. He remained active in the naval reserves for the next 26 years. His decorations included the Navy Air Medal with three citations, a Presidential Unit Citation for his squadron, Composite Squadron 66, and the World War II Victory Medal.

In 1947, he was discharged from the Navy and enrolled at the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1949.

He worked for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, then went to work in sales for the Lord Baltimore Press and later Stanford Paper Co.

After Stanford Paper Co. became part of Baltimore Warner Paper Co., Mr. Barrett was promoted to vice president of sales. He continued with the company after it merged with International Paper Co.

He retired in 1977.

A longtime Hamilton resident who moved to Churchville in 2008, Mr. Barrett maintained a private pilot's license and enjoyed flying his Piper Cherokee airplane. He also was an avid tomato grower and enjoyed traveling.

His wife of 65 years, the former Irene Alton, died in 2009.

Services are private.

Surviving are three sons, Walter Barrett and Jeffrey Barrett, both of Baltimore, and Marty W. Barrett Jr. of Pinehurst, N.C.; a daughter, Diane Thomas of Churchville; a sister, Mildred Forni of Towson; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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