Dr. Almen L. Barron


Obituary Notice

Dr. Almen L. Barron, 77, of Little Rock died, Sunday, November 16, 2003. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 19, 1926 the son of Max and Bena Barron. He became a United States citizen in 1963. He was educated in Canada, receiving a B.S.A. degree in 1948 from the Ontario Agricultural College (University of Toronto), a M.S.A. degree in 1949 and a PhD. Degree from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1953. He joined the Department of Microbiology, University of Buffalo, later State University of New York at Buffalo, in 1954 and was promoted to Professor in 1968.

He came to Arkansas in 1974 as professor and Chairman of the department of Microbiology in the College of Medicine, UAMS. The department was renamed the Department of Microbiology and Immunology shortly thereafter. He had strong interests in clinical virology and was appointed consultant to the Little Rock VA Medical Center. Until his retirement in 1991, as professor emeritus, Dr. Barron ejoyed an active career in teaching and research. Highlights included a Fulbright research scholarship in Israel, 1964 and visiting professor at Kaohsiung Medical College, Taiwan in 1982. He co-edited with Noel R. Rose: Basic Microbiology Principles and Clinical Applications in 1983 and edited "Microbiology of Chlamydia in 1988. He received the golden Apple Award Student AMA, in 1975 and 1977. He was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, Arkansas Caduceus Club in 1990. During his career he was an active member of a number of scientific societies which included the American Academy of Microbiology, emeritus, American Society of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Society of American, emeritus and the American Association of Immunologists. Dr. Barron had been a member of Congregation B'Nai Israel since 1974. He was also and avid hockey fan.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of fifty-four years, a son, Joshua C. Barron and his wife Tammy L. Barron and their son, Jared J. Barron, all of Bryant, Arkansas and a sister Merrill Spreng of Atlanta, GA.

A visitation will be held from 5-7p.m. Monday at the Ruebel Funeral Home. A private graveside funeral service will be held at Oakland Jewish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

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