James R. Barrow, 73, C&P telephone manager

January 26, 2004

James Richards Barrow, a 30-year employee of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died of pneumonia Wednesday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 73.

Mr. Barrow was born in Baltimore and lived in Cumberland until his early teens, when his family moved to the city's Ten Hills neighborhood. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1950 and attended Maryland Institute College of Art.

During his 30 years with C&P, Mr. Barrow was a switchman and a manager. He also was a union representative. He retired in 1985.

He continued to pursue art in his free time, making drawings, watercolors, wood furniture and carvings.

"He did beautiful work," said his wife of 36 years, the former Sue Peters. The furniture he made was particularly well-crafted without using nails, she said.

Mr. Barrow enjoyed jazz and old movies. He had a large collection of recordings and films, and enjoyed studying American and British history. He also enjoyed camping and hunting.

Services were held Saturday.

Mr. Barrow also is survived by a son, Geoffrey C. Barrow of Chester; and two granddaughters. His first marriage ended in divorce.

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