Services for Joseph T. Barlow, a retired assistant superintendent of the Baltimore County schools, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd.
Mr. Barlow, who was 80 and lived on Breezewick Road in Towson, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital after a heart attack that followed a respiratory illness.
He retired in 1972 after serving a year as assistant superintendent and, before that, about six years as an area director in the school system. Earlier, he was principal of elementary schools, of the Loch Raven Junior High School from 1961 until 1963 and of the Kenwood High School from 1963 until 1965.
He started teaching in Baltimore County in 1929 at the Fullerton School and two years later became principal of the Cowenton School. Other elementary schools he headed included, Rossville, Rosedale, Patapsco Neck and Oakleigh, which he opened in 1954.
He was fond of telling stories, according to fellow workers, includingone in which repairs he had long ordered for the roof of the Essex Elementary School were delayed; the repairman arrived the day after he submitted a requisition for two dozen umbrellas, the story went.
Mr. Barlow was president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County in 1954 and 1955 and then served 10 years as treasurer of the Maryland State Teachers Association.
Born in Baltimore, he was a 1927 graduate of City College and a 1929 graduate of what is now Towson State University.
He earned a bachelor's degree at the Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree at the University of Maryland.
During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
A member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons, he also was a charter member of the Essex Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his wife, the former Louise Moore; two daughters, Linda Barlow Almony of Monkton and Susan Barlow Hardman of Delmar, N.Y.; a brother, Carl O. Barlow of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Anna Barlow Napp of Levittown, Pa.; and four