2007-03-22 / Obituaries

Paul F. Barrett, 83

Paul Frank Barrett, 83, of Westwood, Mass. and Jamestown, died on March 15, 2007 of complications of prostate cancer.

Mr. Barrett retired as Director of Physical Plant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. During his 28-year career at M.I.T., he administered a construction program that more than doubled the square footage of the Institute's Cambridge, Mass. campus, from 3,375,000 square feet to 9 million. Prior to joining M.I.T., Mr. Barrett was a senior structural engineer and project manager for Jackson & Moreland Consulting Engineers in Boston.

Born at home in Henniker, NH on August 10, 1923, Mr. Barrett attended the University of New Hampshire before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1943. During his three years of active duty, Mr. Barrett was deployed to France, Belgium, Germany, the Philippine Islands and Japan. After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Barrett returned to the University of New Hampshire and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1948.

Mr. Barrett married Anne Custis Taylor in 1953 and they spent their honeymoon at the summer cottage in Jamestown owned by the bride's parents. After the Barretts moved to the Boston suburbs in 1956, they spent portions of every summer for the next 50 years at the family's cottage on the east shore. Well into his eighties, Mr. Barrett enjoyed regular swims in the waters off Jamestown.

Mr. Barrett leaves his wife, Anne; his children Jean, Margaret and Sterling; and his brother Arthur, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jamestown Historical Society. P.O. Box 156, Jamestown, RI 02835.

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