Paul Ashbrook Barker

Paul Ashbrook Barker

Birth
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 2 Apr 2004 (aged 89)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 64186644 · View Source
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Paul Barker, was a Chicago businessman as well as a longtime contributor to the city's arts scene and a privileged member of newspaper columnist Irv "Kup" Kupcinet's Saturday lunch group at the Drake Hotel. He died of pulmonary disease while traveling in Buenos Aires, said his wife, Mara Mills-Barker. Born and raised in Springfield, Mr. Barker grew up raising and breeding cattle on a farm his family owned. He started losing his hearing at age 12 and was profoundly hearing-impaired by his second year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Barker returned to Springfield to work with his father, who had gone into business with Joseph McLaughlin, a World War I veteran from Canton, Ill. Mr. Barker's father was a principal shareholder in McLaughlin's mining company and later gave his shares to his son, Mills-Barker said. Mr. Barker assumed control of the company after McLaughlin died in 1964, buying the founder's stock. Mr. Barker converted the business into a company that built underground construction equipment and later moved the operation to a 60,000-square-foot plant in Greenville, S.C. In 1978, Mr. Barker moved to Chicago and spent the next 25 years engrossed in traveling and the arts. As chairman, Mr. Barker operated the company until his death, his wife said. Mr. Barker was a governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a fan of Lyric Opera of Chicago; his diminished hearing had improved with aids and a cochlear implant in the late 1980s. Mr. Barker traveled frequently, visiting such places as Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Brazil, his wife said. "He was just fascinated by everything," she said.


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  • Created by: Tony Cannon
  • Added: 14 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64186644
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Ashbrook Barker (22 Aug 1914–2 Apr 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64186644, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Tony Cannon (contributor 46527423) .