October 13, 1945 - April 21, 2017
A Memorial Service for Vincent B. Barrett of Orchard Park, a one-time chair of the Applied Technology Department at the Gow School in South Wales will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Westminster Church, 724 Delaware Ave.
Mr. Barrett died in Hospice care following a long illness. He was 71.
Born in Palo Alto CA, his family moved to Western New York while he was in elementary school. He attended the Park and Nichols Schools before graduating from Groton School in Massachusetts.
After high school he helped build an Outward Bound School on Hurricane Island.
He received his bachelor's degree from Macalester College and a Master of Animal Science degree from University of Minnesota.
Following graduate school he moved to Burkina Faso and worked for the University of Minnesota doing development work funded by the United States Agency of International Development.
He volunteered with the Peace Corp. for six years, working with farmers in West Africa to introduce the use of animal traction to increase food production.
Mr. Barrett began working at the Gow School in 1986 and was instrumental in the introduction and expansion of the robotics program. He retired in 2013.
He was an avid reader and Sudoku player. He also enjoyed photography, carpentry, fishing, skiing and lake and river paddling.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife of 41 years the former Alexandra Kent Prentice; son George and daughter Margaret.