Dr. Tom Barrows, 79, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, April 27th beginning at 2:30PM at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home, with visitation from 1 to 2:30. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine, in memory of Dr. George Thomas Barrows.
Tom was born April 1, 1932 in Jamesport, Missouri to Martha Hillyard Barrows and George Leroy Barrows. He graduated from Trenton High School in 1950, signing a football scholarship for his Freshman year at his beloved University of Missouri. While at MU he was a Knight of the Kappa Alpha Order and a member of the ROTC. He was later activated in the US Army and served in the Reserves until 1962. He graduated in 1957 from the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine. From there he began his career in Macon, MO where he was a "country" veterinarian serving the surrounding rural communi-ties. In 1965, he moved to Kansas City where he became a partner in Eagle Animal Hospital in Riverside, MO and later opened Platte Woods Animal Hospital. In 1993 he semi-retired and moved to Atlanta, GA where he continued to practice and perform surgery as an "on call" veterinarian.
Dr. Barrows was a life long learner and held a Veterinary Medical license in 8 states and specialized in orthopedic animal surgery. He was a former President of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, was a former Chairman of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board, and held various positions in the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He was instrumental in helping to achieve the certification of the Veterinary Technician program for the state of Missouri and implementa-tion of the program at Maple Woods Community College.
His family and the care of animals were his passion as well as his time spent flying his private plane, whenever and wherever he could. He showed us all how to enjoy life.
Tom is survived by his wife of 31 years, Paula; daughter and son in law: Janet and Mark Rao of Parkville, MO; son and daughter in law: Jim and Nancy Barrows of Plattsburg, MO; daughter and future son in law: Jessica Barrows and Shayne Woodard of Atlanta, GA; sister Kathryn Casady-Smith and husband Dr. Robert Smith of Sequim, WA; grandchildren: Vanessa Waters, Megan Rao, Chandler Kimrey, Jennifer Barrows, and Jimmy Barrows; nephews Brian Casady and wife Ruth of Olathe, KS and Paul Casady and wife Shelly of Leawood, KS. Con-dolences may be sent to mountmoriahterracepark.com
Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.