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Donald Barber

Donald Spencer Barber

Friday, June 22nd, 1928 - Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
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Donald Spencer Barber, 92 of Williston, Vermont died peacefully on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at his residence.

Don was born on June 22, 1928 to the late Kenneth W. Barber and Edith (Spencer) Barber of Windsor, Connecticut. He attended Amherst College and Tufts University School of Medicine before starting his internship at Maine General Hospital in Portland Maine in 1953. In June of 1952, he married his first wife, Alice (Tomkievich) King of Bloomfield, Connecticut and they had four children: Thomas Barber (deceased), Susan (Barber) Hackney, married to John Hackney of Montpelier, Vermont, Robert Barber of Jackson, Wyoming, and Penny Barber of Essex Junction, Vermont. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Alice, his second wife, Ida (Pike) Barber, his son, Thomas Spencer Barber of Johnson, Vermont, and his sister, Elizabeth Dougherty of Newington, Connecticut. He is survived by his brother, Robert Barber of Rockledge, Florida.

Don was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps for two years at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA and then completed his residency at Maine General Hospital in 1956. Upon completion of his residency, he started his general practice in Billerica, MA (1957 – 1964) and then moved to Johnson, Vermont and subsequently Morrisville, Vermont where he had a solo medical practice from 1964 -1986. What started as a general practice became obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics and he delivered many babies in Lamoille County. Ida Pike DeGoosh, his second wife, was his office nurse for all but one of those years. They married in October 1979 and were married for 36 years. He was an attending physician at Copley Hospital in Morrisville 1964 – 1986, when he retired.

Don leaves his three children, two step-daughters Eileen (DeGoosh) Perkins, married to Bill Perkins of Johnson, Vermont, and Anita DeGoosh of New Haven Connecticut, and four grandchildren: Elizabeth, Owen, and Sophia Manley and Dustin Lamore.

With a passion for genealogy, Don spent hours researching family lines and he has written three editions of a book titled, The Connecticut Barbers, a Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor, Connecticut.

Don will be remembered for his love of music, studying and playing the violin for almost 50 years during which he played in the Portland Maine Symphony and the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. Later, he studied and played the cello and played in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cheshire CT Symphony Orchestra. He was part of various string quartets and other chamber ensembles through the years. Later in life, playing the piano and duets with friends Kaylie Collins and Jane Farrell and his daughter, Sue, gave him great pleasure.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no celebration of life until next spring or summer (2021). Don's burial will be in Windsor, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vermont Land Trust (8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, Vermont), online at The family also invites you to share your memoires and condolences by visiting
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Patty Jacob

Posted at 12:46pm
Dr. Barber played violin in the pit orchestra for many shows at Lamoille County Players (Hyde Park Opera House). As a deliverer of babies, he had a pager way ahead of everyone else in the county. He had the "title role" in Fiddler on the Roof - while he wasn't on the roof, he was definitely playing the fiddle part. Well, didn't the pager go off in the middle of the show. Of course, the entire cast plus the 200 people in the audience knew exactly who Don was, and where he was going, as he packed up his violin and snuck quietly away to bring a new Vermonter into the world. The show must go on, so Anita Raymond plunked out the violin parts on the piano - along with everything else she was doing to hold things together - for the rest of that performance. Dr. Barber was a true community servant and a wonderful gentleman.

Robert Barber Posted at 12:31pm

Thank you,Patty.This sums up the humble dedication of my father.

paul rogers

Posted at 09:50am
As a young physician starting practice in the early '80s, it was wonderful to get to know Don as a colleague, friend and mentor. I was sad when he retired. Working with him, and Lew Blowers and Tony Goddard, was a golden time for me at Copley Hospital. He will be remembered as kind, warm gentleman- it was an honor to know and work with him. Paul Rogers, MD

Sue Hackney Posted at 01:25pm

Thank you. It's so wonderful to hear how others remember my dad. We'll miss him for sure but we were blessed to have him in our lives for so long. Sue Hackney (Daughter)

Donna Stafford

Posted at 05:33am
I am blessed to have known Dr. Barber as a physician from growing up in Johnson. He was so talented, compassionate, and empathetic. He was a member of my Church, sang in the choir, and often played music for our congregation. He was also my physician as a teenager and was the only doctor I never minded going to see. I feel blessed to have known him. May he rest in much-deserved peace. Donna Cole Stafford

Sue Hackney Posted at 01:26pm

Thank you for sharing this, Donna. Sue Hackney

A W Rich Funeral Home

Posted at 11:50am
The entire staff of A W Rich Funeral Home wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

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