Arnold B. Barr M.D.

by | Mar 9, 2022 | Obituaries

NORFOLK—Arnold B. Barr M.D. died at Harbor’s Edge on March 3.

He was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. He was a loving husband of 52 years and devoted father.

He went to college and medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1959. After internship and residency in internal medicine, he completed a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Washington in Seattle. He became board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, which included seven years as chief of the internal medicine training program in Staten Island, N. Y. Moving to Norfolk in 1980, he worked for Sentara’s HMO. From 1990 to 2006 he was a medical director of the Norfolk Department of Public Health, running the clinic servicing the indigent community, most notably during the AIDS epidemic.

After retiring, he continued serving as a volunteer physician at the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic. He was a member of the South Hampton Roads Torch Club and the League of Women Voters. Among many, many interests, he was a docent at the Botanical Gardens and a proud rosarian and member of the Rose Society.

Besides his wife, daughter, and son-in-law, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, his sister and brother-in- law, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, MAZON, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Arbor Day Foundation, or a charity of your choice.