Richard Lee Barr was born April 27, 1944 on a farm near York, to James Kenneth and Cleo Edna (Folts) Barr and passed away on Sept. 1, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the age of 69 years.
Richard was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in York. He attended schools in York County at District 8, Bradshaw and York graduating from York High School in 1962. Richard graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., in June of 1966 and joined the Peace Corps where he was assigned to work in Nigeria as a community developer.
As he was about to complete his first project, a new library, the Biafra War broke out. Rich and another volunteer were given a Land Rover and tasked to contact and help evacuate the other Peace Corps Volunteers in the area who were then spirited out to a large boat under cover of night and evacuated to Lagos. He served his final year in Ghana where he became an auditor for a cocoa marketing cooperative.
Richard and Geri Vera Ludwig were married in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Oct. 8, 1982. Richard worked in the transportation industry, mostly in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. Geri was a bank branch manager for many years before being forced to retire due to ill health. Rich spent the last 15-20 years working for the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology (SAIT), beginning as an instructor and serving the last 10 years as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Transportation Department.
Richard was a lifelong supporter of international travel and cultural exchange ever since he spent a summer as an exchange student to the Netherlands under the American Field Service (AFS) Program. During the mid-1980’s Richard became active in organizing an AFS Program in Alberta where he and Geri hosted several students. From 1985-87 he served as President of the Alberta Chapter of Intercultural Canada and as a counseling coordinator for AFS students in Alberta. He also served two terms as National Vice President of Intercultural Canada.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Cleo (Folts) Barr and his wife, Geri. Richard is survived by a brother, M. James (Carol) Barr of York; sisters-in-law, Betty (Tom) Girling of Lacombe, Alberta, Diana Ludwig of Montreal, Quebec, Elaine Leavitt of Calgary, Alberta; and brother-in-law, Arne (Marge) Ludwig of Strathmore, Alberta Nieces, Sarah (Dan Ruth) of Lincoln, Amy Barr of Santa Fe, N.M., Rhonda (Greg) Wookey and daughter, Leah of Calgary, Alberta, Susan (Andy) Fielder and children, Taylor, Alexandria, Rheana and Owen of Calgary, Alberta and Julie Ludwig of Calgary, Alberta. Nephews: David Barr of Lincoln, Michael (Tammy) Ludwig and children, Tyson, Cody and Avery Ludwig of Calgary, Alberta and Christopher Ludwig of Calgary, Alberta,
Memorial services for both Richard and Geri Barr are planned for 2 p.m., Sept. 28 at Knox Church, 506 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta.
A memorial service will also be held in York in October.