- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Walter E. Barbee, a retired Navy captain and pilot who co-founded the conservative lobbying group Family Foundation of Virginia, died Aug. 10 of pancreatic cancer at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington. He was 71.

A native of Wake County, N.C., Mr. Barbee graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957.

He joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying helicopters in Southeast Asia in the early 1960s. Later, in the Naval Reserve, he was a patrol squadron commanding officer and served with the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon.

In 1966, Mr. Barbee left active duty and became an American Airlines pilot. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1979, retiring as a captain.

Along with pro-life activist Anne Kincaid, Mr. Barbee founded the Family Foundation in 1985. He was president emeritus of the group, the state’s foremost lobby against such issues as abortion rights and homosexual “marriage” and for school prayer.

Mrs. Kincaid died in March.

In 1994, Mr. Barbee retired from American Airlines to accept an appointment by Virginia Gov. George Allen to serve on the executive committee of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Strike Force on Government Reform.

In 1997, The Washington Times Foundation recognized Mr. Barbee as a national recipient of its National Service Award.

After retiring from the Family Foundation, he wrote a biweekly opinion column for the now-defunct Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria Journal newspapers.

Mr. Barbee is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Mason Neck, Va.; two daughters, Nancy Candeto of Mineral, Va., and Kathleen McFall of Falls Church; three sons, John Barbee of Montclair, Va., David Barbee of Manassas and James Barbee of Mason Neck; a brother, Horace E. Barbee of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. that day at Arlington National Cemetery.

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