Joshua A. Barbati, teacher

Joshua A. Barbati, a retired Baltimore County public school educator and longtime Loch Raven resident, died May 11 of melanoma at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, N.C.

He was 79.

The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Barbati was born in Bristol, Conn., and raised in Meriden, Conn., and New Haven, where he graduated in 1953 from James Hillhouse High School.

He was a 1960 graduate of Central Connecticut State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in technology education. A year later, he earned a master's degree in technology education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

He also did graduate work at what is now Loyola University Maryland.

Mr. Barbati, whose teaching expertise was in power technology, began teaching in Baltimore County public schools in 1961.

He taught at Loch Raven junior and senior high schools and was on the faculty at Pikesville Junior High School, Randallstown Senior High School and Chesapeake High School, from which he retired in 1993.

Many of his students received scholarships from various colleges to pursue studies in engineering and architectural design, and because of his work, Mr. Barbati was named Technology Teacher of the Year in 1985.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Barbati was an editorial review consultant for an electronics firm that was developing high school electronic workbooks.

Mr. Barbati was an avid ballroom dancer and bowler. He had been a member of and toured with the Professional Bowlers Association.

A resident of Charlotte, N.C., since 1994, Mr. Barbati was an Orioles and Atlanta Braves fan.

Mr. Barbati donated his body to the Duke University School of Medicine, and plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Betty L. Warnick of Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews.