Janet McDonald Barrett died at age 94 on May 26, 2011. Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1917, she was the daughter of Ruth Stafford and James G. McDonald, the first ambassador to Israel. Janet graduated from Smith College in 1939 and received her Master’s degree in American History from Columbia University. She subsequently taught history in Rochester, New York. In 1943 Janet married Halsey V. Barrett, who was then in the Navy and became a survivor of the Normandy Invasion. A resident of Bronxville, New York for over 50 years, she is survived by five children: Donald V. Barrett, Halsey V. Barrett Jr., June M. Barrett, Sandra B. Copenhaver and Cynthia V. Barrett, five grandchildren, and her sister, Barbara M. Stewart. Continuing her father’s legacy, Janet was passionate about international affairs, and was also a superb dancer, artist, and tennis player. She played team tennis well into her 70s. There will be a memorial service at The Reformed Church of Bronxville at 11:00 O’clock Friday, July 15th.
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