Eugene Barenburg, 84

City optometrist

October 11, 2007

Dr. Eugene R. Barenburg, a retired optometrist who practiced in downtown Baltimore for many years, died of lung cancer Oct. 4 at Sinai Hospital. The Mount Washington resident was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he was a City College graduate and attended Georgetown University, where his studies were interrupted by his World War II service in the Navy. He attended Villanova University during the war and was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

During the war, he met his future wife, the former Janet Lingg, at a USO dance in Philadelphia.

He later earned a degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and went into practice with his father, J.W. Barenburg, at Park Avenue and Fayette Street. Nearly 40 years ago, he set up additional branch offices throughout the suburbs. He retired in the late 1990s.

Dr. Barenburg took annual trips with his family to the Northwest. For many years, they rode horses, fished and hiked in Montana. He also enjoyed writing and poetry, and enrolled at the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University, from which he earned a master's degree in 1972.

He read extensively about the Civil War.

Private services were planned.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years; a daughter, Joan Kuhar of Atlanta; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A son, Dr. William L. Barenburg, died in 1982.

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