Robert A. Barrett, 62, company's officer

March 18, 2006

Robert A. Barrett, senior vice president of PerkinElmer Inc., died of pneumonia March 11 at a hospital in Denver. He was 62 and lived in Crofton.

He was on a skiing vacation when he fell ill and died, family members said.

Mr. Barrett was born in Baltimore and raised in Federal Hill. After graduating from Southern High School in 1961, he joined the Coast Guard and worked as an electrician at its Curtis Bay shipyard.

While working at the Koppers Co. in Baltimore, he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975. He also was a graduate of the University of Tennessee's executive development program in 1987.

Mr. Barrett, who had worked in aerospace industrial engineering, marketing and sales for the Koppers Co., left in 1979 when he took a position with Pressure Science in Beltsville as manager of technical sales.

After the company was acquired in 1985 by PerkinElmer Inc., he was promoted to vice president of marketing and sales, and later was president of two of its subsidiaries.

From 1996 until its sale by PerkinElmer in 2005, Mr. Barrett had been president of the company's PerkinElmer Fluid Sciences subsidiary in Beltsville.

For many years, he coached youth soccer and lacrosse in Crofton, and had been a board member of Courts of Crofton Homeowners Association and Greens of Crofton Homeowners Association.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, the former Dorothy Rossbach; a son, Kevin Barrett of Piney Orchard; two daughters, Andrea Graves and Kathleen Gagnier, both of Piney Orchard; a brother, Vincent J. Barrett of Franklin, W.Va.; and four grandchildren.

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