The University of the South Department of Athletics is saddened by the passing of Sewanee Athletics Hall of Famer and long-time staff member Bill Barry on June 19 after a prolonged illness.
Born in Knoxville on Aug. 2, 1945, Bill dedicated 45 years of service to the University, spending twenty-five years as a Head Athletic Trainer and twenty years as the Facilities and Business Manager.
Bill arrived on the Domain in 1969 to serve as the school's head athletic trainer and worked over 300 consecutive football games, both home and away.
During his long tenure in the training room, Bill was recognized as one of the nation's top athletic trainers. After numerous years of service on various national, state and district committees, he was inducted into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 1994, Bill transitioned to Athletic Facilities and Business Manager and capably served in that role until his retirement in 2014. Additionally, he was instrumental in the construction of the Robert Dobbs Fowler Athletic Center.
He was recognized for his dedication and distinguished service to the University when he was inducted into the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Gail; brother, Jack (Sandy) Barry; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tommy and Kay Curtis; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
His memorial service will be on Friday, June 21 at the Cumberland Funeral Home in Monteagle. Visitation begins at 1:00 PM and his service will be at 3:00. Bill will be missed by all the Sewanee faithful who knew him.
As posted by Sewanee, The University of the South