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Dorothy A. Barry, registered nurse and homemaker, dies

Dorothy A. Barry and her husband were international travelers.
Dorothy A. Barry and her husband were international travelers.(HANDOUT)

Dorothy A. Barry, a former Mercy Medical Center operating room nurse who later became a homemaker, died Feb. 12 of sepsis and kidney failure at Symphony Manor in Roland Park. The former longtime Towson resident was 94.

The former Dorothy Anne Thuman, daughter of Anthony Thuman, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad conductor, and his wife, Teresa Flaig Thuman, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Lexington Street in West Baltimore.

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After graduating in 1943 from Seton High School, she worked for the Port of Baltimore until the end of World War II. She then entered the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1948 with a nursing degree.

In 1951, she married John “Jack” Barry, a sales engineer, and continued working in the operating room of what was then Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, until leaving to raise her two daughters.

The couple moved into a home in 1954 on Piccadilly Road in West Towson, and also built a second home in Ocean City, where they enjoyed spending summers.

Mrs. Barry and her husband were international travelers who visited Europe, South America and South Africa. They also liked traveling by steamship and took many Caribbean cruises.

Her husband died in 1984.

“After Jack’s death, Dorothy continued to travel and had visited every continent except Antarctica,” wrote a daughter, Karen Barry Boyd of Plano, Texas, in a biographical profile of her mother. “She also enjoyed spending summers at her home in Ocean City, which she continued to do ... into her 90s.”

She was a dog fancier and liked watching golf on TV.

“She loved watching golf even though she had never picked up a golf club in her life,” Ms. Boyd said in a telephone interview. “She spent weekends watching the men’s and LPGA golf, and she knew everything about the players and their wives and husbands.”

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Mrs. Barry was a longtime communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered Feb. 17.

In addition to Ms. Boyd, she is survived by another daughter, Dr. Anita Barry of Hingham, Massachusetts; a brother, Gerard Thuman of Berlin, Worcester County; and two grandchildren.

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