My Deepest Condolences to a Good Friend

John Barell, a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy for five years, passed away at his home in Manhattan, NY on November 17, 2017.

John was born on July 9, 1938, in Rochester, NY to Ralph and Elizabeth Ferguson Barell. In 1956, John graduated from Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA. He continued his education at Harvard University and in 1960, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in History.

By becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, John fulfilled his childhood dream of going to Antarctica and emulating explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd, whom John had met in high school.  John served aboard the USS Glacier for 5 years where he enjoyed a highly accomplished career.  In his spare time, John wrote several books on Antarctica and professional discovery books such as “Did You Ever Wonder?” and “Fostering Curiosity Here.” A link to John’s books can be found here.

John is survived by his wife, Nancy; his sisters, Marcia Graff of Basking Ridge, NJ and Robin L. Beck (Tim) of Boothbay, ME; six nieces and nephews, his Aunt and several cousins.

John Barell was a brave and loyal sailor, as well as a patient and loving husband and friend. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the U.S. Navy never left him, as friends and family will attest. John will be deeply missed by his family and his Navy family.

Rest in peace, good friend.

Warm Regards,
Ben Koether