- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2004

John L. Barr, 59, internist

Dr. John L. Barr, an internist with Kaiser Permanente in Kensington, died of cancer Feb. 17 at his home in Bethesda. He was 59.

Dr. Barr was born in Portland, Maine, while his father, John L. Barr Jr., was stationed there as a Navy officer. A third-generation Washingtonian, Dr. Barr was a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School in Northwest, Harvard College with honors, and Cornell University Medical College.

Dr. Barr took an internship and residency training in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York and at the Washington Hospital Center, and an internship in psychiatry at Prince George’s General Hospital. He was co-author of “Your Child Is Smarter Than You Think,” a book on how young children learn, written with his sister, Peggy Eastman.

Dr. Barr was a Kaiser physician for 25 years, with a large panel of patients. He served as lead internist at the Kensington Medical Center from 1990 to 1994. He held a special interest in pain management, and in 1989 started a clinic for patients with chronic pain.

From 1980 to 1995, he was a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and served as chairman for most of that time.

In 1987, he and a Kaiser colleague received the first Sidney Garfield grant given by Kaiser in this region, to develop a computerized program for physicians to improve patient medication use and compliance. The grant, for innovative medical research or pilot projects, is named for the first medical doctor hired by Henry J. Kaiser.

Dr. Barr was a member of the Harvard Club of Washington and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where he took art classes.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jill H. Barr; a daughter, Alice E. Barr; a son, Christopher J. Barr; his mother, Isabelle O. Barr of Chevy Chase; and a sister, Peggy Barr Eastman of Chevy Chase.

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