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Feb. 6, 2003, Gazette

Anne Meredith Barry
Anne Meredith BarryAnne Meredith Barry passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre on Jan. 23. Ms. Barry had a profound influence both within and without Newfoundland as a teacher, artist and spokesperson for the arts. Nowhere is this better known than at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, where she shaped a whole generation of artists-to-be. Ms. Barry taught courses for Memorial's Extension Service in the early days of Grenfell College and later contributed to the development of its visual arts program, shaping the talents of its students through the visiting artists program as well as through several exhibitions over the years. A native of Ontario, Ms. Barry connected with Newfoundland and Labrador at an early stage in her career, in 1986 settling in St. Michael’s when she and her husband bought and refurbished the original St. Michael’s Printshop. Whether capturing the majesty of Gros Morne National Park, or recreating her coastal voyage on the Northern Ranger, she demonstrated a passionate appreciation of her adopted home. Ms. Barry received an honorary doctorate from Memorial in 1998. In 1995 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists, and personally represented them last year when the Academy presented one of our visual arts graduates with the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts/C. D. Howe Foundation Emerging Artists Travel Scholarship. Most recently, Ms. Barry was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the arts.