Barry practiced internal medicine in Plainfield, N.J., where he was born and graduated from high school. He spent summers at a cabin on Lake Megunticook in Camden, Maine, where he established close and enduring friendships.
At Princeton Barry majored in modern languages, joined Dial Lodge, and in senior year roomed with George Gering. After Princeton he graduated from NYU College of Medicine and served as a physician in the Air Force in Vietnam.
Passionate about opera, he was a season-ticket holder to the New York Metropolitan Opera for many years. He was also an avid bridge player and a gourmet cook who vastly enjoyed entertaining family and friends.
Barry was also dedicated to the eight boxer dogs he owned and loved, one at a time, for many years. He was so fond of them that he cooked them chicken dinners and asked that their names be included in his memorial: Ramsey, Rhett, Bacchus, Abby, Becky, Bonnie, Hansen, and Barney.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Rebecca, and is survived by his sister, Tama Singer; nieces Jana and Pamela; and nephew Brad.