George B. Barnard Loved Golf, Sailing and Fishing
George B. Barnard, a longtime summer resident of Chappaquiddick, died at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne, Pa., on June 14, several weeks after suffering a stroke.
He was born in Philadelphia in 1916, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Everett P. Barnard, of Rittenhouse Square. Dr. Barnard was chief of obstetrics at the Lankenau Hospital for many years. George later spent his entire business career of 43 years at The Aitkin-Kynett Company, after graduating from Williams College in 1938. Anxious to learn the advertising business at a time when jobs were scarce, he offered to work at the agency for no pay. The firm hired him and, by 1966, he was chairman and CEO until his retirement in 1981.
Mr. Barnard joined The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1941. He fought in the North African campaign and later taught military tactics at Ft. Riley, Kans., and was graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.
During his business career, he served on various boards and community associations including St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, the Wistar Institute, Moore College of Art, the American Red Cross, Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. On the Vineyard he supported The Trustees of Reservations, the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, the Chappaquiddick Island Association and the Polly Hill Arboretum.
He was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, the Edgartown Reading Room, the Edgartown Golf Club and the "Chappy Six" golf club.
George loved his beekeeping, golf, skiing, fly fishing and sailing with his wife, Franny, in their Herreshoff 12.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances Fleming, and three sons: George B. Jr. and his wife Pat of Concord; Henry W. and his wife Susie of Dedham; Samuel F. and his wife Soo of Milton, and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on June 21 at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr.
Interment was private.
Contributions may be made in his memory to a Vineyard conservation organization of one's choice.