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In Loving Memory
C. Stephen Barrett, III

Born March 9, 1937 - Departed September 6, 2005

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs' members and staff were deeply saddened by the recent passing of a great man, Steve Barrett. Steve was proud to say that he was one of three people who had attended every National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs. He served as a member of the Commission from 2001 to 2003; and on the Advisory Commission from 2003 to 2005. He was the first and only volunteer Editor of the Commission's newsletter, Highlights, which he took from an informal newsy collection of tid bits about lawyer assistance programs to a more formal newsletter with substantive articles and photos. He became the unofficial Acting Secretary for CoLAP and recorded the Minutes of the business meetings in an effort to ease the burden on staff. He will be greatly missed by many. A collection of memories will be published in an upcoming issue of the newsletter, but included here is a remembrance from Judge Robert L. Childers of Memphis, Tennessee.

Steve was really one of a kind. He was one of the first people I met when I started coming to the CoLAP workshops in 1993. That was primarily because Steve made it a point to introduce himself to newcomers. He was always warm and welcoming - in Steve's own inimitable way! He was indeed a curmudgeon, as many people have described, but he was a very beloved curmudgeon because Steve couldn't help but show his soft and kind heart. He was always willing to help out on any project, no matter how small. And he was always willing to lend an ear to those who were struggling and to share his strength, hope and experience with others. We will all miss Steve!
---Butch Childers

C. Stephen Barrett, III, 68 of Springfield, formerly of Short Hills and Maplewood died on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark. He was born in Orange, New Jersey and practiced law from his office in Newark. He graduated from the Delbarton School in 1954, the University of Notre Dame in 1958 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and then the New York University Law School in 1964. He became a member of the New Jersey State and New York State Bars in 1964. Lieutenant Colonel Barrett served in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1961 and in the reserves from 1961 to 1984. He was a member of the Essex County Country Club, the American Bar Association and the International Law Association. He was a member of the Maplewood LIONS Club. Mr. Barrett was past president of the board of trustees of the Honesty House in Sterling and for many years served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Meyers); mother, Helen Barrett; 6 children Charlie, Mimi, Margaret, Kevin, Timothy and Howard; 1 sister, Marie Terry; 1 brother, Rick Barrett; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Stephen, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the American Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund, 1 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.


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