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John Alfred Barrett

March 27, 1921 - October 1, 2012
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John Alfred Barrett, 91, of Spring, Texas passed away Monday, October 1, 2012. He was born on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921 in New York, New York as the only child of immigrant parents who had only become US citizens in 1920. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City in 1939. After graduating he was, after passing a competitive exam, accepted into the Cadet Corps program under the U.S. Maritime Commission and served as an Engine Cadet. He was awarded his diploma on February 24, 1942 for successfully completing the requirements of the Cadet program. After serving aboard a merchant ship that was part of a convoy to...
John Alfred Barrett, 91, of Spring, Texas passed away Monday, October 1, 2012. He was born on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921 in New York, New York as the only child of immigrant parents who had only become US citizens in 1920. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City in 1939. After graduating he was, after passing a competitive exam, accepted into the Cadet Corps program under the U.S. Maritime Commission and served as an Engine Cadet. He was awarded his diploma on February 24, 1942 for successfully completing the requirements of the Cadet program. After serving aboard a merchant ship that was part of a convoy to Murmansk, Russia, he decided to give up his maritime exemption and was inducted into the US Army on January 21, 1943. He served in the Philippines and achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Junior Grade. At the end of World War II, he returned to the sea and worked as a Marine Engineer on Esso Oil Tankers. During this time, he passed licensing exams through the US Coast Guard which permitted him to serve as a Chief Engineer on any Steam Vessel. He met his future wife, a girl from Texas, at a YWCA dance in New York and they were married in the Little Church Around the Corner on January 14, 1950. After moving to New Brunswick, N.J., they had one child a daughter named Karen. The child's severe asthma made it necessary for them to move back to Houston, Texas. After the family moved back to Texas, he had the opportunity to take and pass the exams to become a 1st Grade Stationary Engineer in 1956. He quickly became the Chief Engineer at the Medical Towers Building in the Houston Medical Center. With the opportunity to go to college, he began an undergraduate degree at the University of Houston at night. After several years, he changed jobs and became the Manager of the Central Plant at the University of Houston. In 1965, after eight-years of part-time study, he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Houston. With the encouragement of his boss, Harry Ebert, he applied to the Texas State Board of Professional Engineers to begin the process of becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer. With the Board's permission, he sat for the two (2) required eight-hour exams and after passing them on the first try, he became a Professional Engineer in 1972. He continued to study and received a Master of Education Degree from the University of Houston in 1976 and a Professional Development Degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. He enjoyed part-time teaching and this eventually led to a job with Gulf Oil from which he retired in 1986 as Gulf Oil became Chevron. After retirement, he enjoyed time with family and lovingly cared for his wife until her death on January 19, 2010. In January 2011, he discovered Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the Woodlands. There, he enjoyed dance lessons with Kim, competitions with other Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and dancing with all the ladies at the Studio until his final days. He is preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Keels Barrett of Texas, his father, John Barrett born in Armagh, Ireland, and his mother, Sigrid Hammarquist Barrett born in Varberg, Sweden. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Barrett, who was encouraged by her father to follow her dreams. With his support and best wishes, she also became a Professional Engineer. Visitation will be on Friday, October 5th from 7-9 PM at the Brookside Funeral Home Champions. Services will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 11:00 AM at Brookside Funeral Home Champions. Entombment will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the .

"Uncle John, was one of the most intelligent, caring and loving person anyone could ever know. Sorry I was not around him much for so long. One thing I will..." rex graham (NACOGDOCHES, TX)

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