Donald R. Barbary, 76, dairy executive, volunteer

February 16, 2005

Donald R. Barbary, a retired dairy executive active in fund raising for Fort McHenry, died of cancer Feb. 8 at his home in York, S.C. The former Columbia resident was 76.

Born in Chilhowie, Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1943 and worked at the old Western Maryland Dairy, later Sealtest. After earning a business degree from the University of Baltimore, he worked as a manager at Sealtest operations in Chambersburg, Pa., Philadelphia and New York City in areas involving milk and cottage cheese. He also was an ice cream taster.

He returned to Maryland in 1978 as a vice president for coffee and dairy operations for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. in suburban Washington and retired in 1984 as general manager for dairies for Southland Corp.'s 7-Eleven stores.

Mr. Barbary was a volunteer fund-raiser for Fort McHenry restoration and organized galas to support the national historic site.

Services were held Friday.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Lula Marselle Kiser, a retired Fort Garrison Elementary School teacher; a daughter, Marla Rhea B. Carney of Lutherville; and two grandchildren.

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