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Dr. Robert Edwin Barron III

NEW ORLEANS -- Dr. Robert Edwin Barron III died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in New Orleans, La. He was 77 years of age.

Dr. Barron was born in Rock Hill, the son of the late Robert Edwin Barron Jr. and Gladys Talbert Barron. He was a member of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill.

He was a graduate of Davidson College and the Medical College of South Carolina. His internship was at Montreal General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. His residency in neurology at Charity Hospital, Tulane University, brought him to New Orleans in 1957. He began his practice at Ochsner Clinic in 1961 and later became head of the Department of Neurology. He retired in 1995. While at Ochsner, Dr. Barron taught at Tulane University School of Medicine as Clinical Professor of Neurology.

Dr. Barron was known for his interest in music and the arts, particularly for his expertise in the field of Chinese ceramics. His collection of Song Dynasty ceramics, created over a period of 40 years, was first exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2000. Long a friend and supporter of the museum as a board member and advisor, Dr. Barron contributed about two dozen Song Dynasty pieces to the museum.

Dr. Barron is survived by a sister, Louise Barron Barnes and her husband, Ed, and a brother, George Talbert Barron and his wife, Susan. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Susan Barnes Ellis, Frances Barnes Elliott, Edwin L. Barnes Jr., George T. Barron Jr., Robert G. Barron, and Louise Barron Reynolds.

Interment will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2007 at Laurelwood Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Barry Dagenhart officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730, or to The New Orleans Museum of Art, Annual Appeal, P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, LA 70179.

Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel is serving the Barron family.