Barrie O’Gorman ’69

20 August 2013

Class: 1969

Major: History

Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Deceased: July 9, 2013

O’Gorman, Barrie, 66, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on July 9, 2013. A Philadelphia native, she was the daughter of Paul M. Eleanor Larsen O’ Gorman. She graduated from Germantown Friends School and Carleton College. She was awarded an M.S. from SUNY buffalo, and practiced as an Occupational Therapist. She served as a Lieutenant in the Naval Medical Services Corps. Barrie loved to travel and was passionate about Italy. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 2 pm at Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to charities of Barrie’s choice: Germantown Friends, Carleton College, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Orchestra, or WHYY.

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Barrie accompanied me as my date to the Muni (Northfield Municipal Liquor Store and Bar) on my 21st birthday in 1968 to celebrate the fact that I could then drink alcohol legally. Regrettably, that was not to be. The Muni barmaid informed me that because I had only one piece of identification (namely, my Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board identification card), she could not serve me. In fact, she also informed me that because I did not have the required two pieces of ID, I would have to get out of the Muni immediately. Although two Muni patrons, CSA Treasurer, Mitch Cumberworth, and my proctor’s roommate, Jim Kiehne, class of 1968, both vouched for me, the barmaid stood her ground. When I departed the Muni, Barrie loyally left with me, even though my “illegal activity” in the eyes of the City of Northfield no doubt caused her some degree of embarrassment. I tried to make it up to Barrie some years later (possibly in 1973), when, as an employee of the American Hospital Association (AHA), I attended an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) national conference in Chicago, which Barrie also attended. I was quite surprised to see her there as I had not known that she was an occupational therapist (OT). Barrie was wearing her dark blue uniform with red piping with the Naval Medical Service Corps and was staffing an information table. After the day’s conference session ended, I took Barrie out to dinner at the former Turewicz (Polish) Restaurant on the Northwest Side of Chicago where we both had an alcoholic drink with dinner and laughed about our 1968 Muni experience.
Andrew Korsak ’69

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  • 2019-04-04 16:20:21
    Andrew Korsak

    Barrie accompanied me as my date to the Muni (Northfield Municipal Liquor Store and Bar) on my 21st birthday in 1968 to celebrate the fact that I could then drink alcohol legally. Regrettably, that was not to be. The Muni barmaid informed me that because I had only one piece of identification (namely, my Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board identification card), she could not serve me. In fact, she also informed me that because I did not have the required two pieces of ID, I would have to get out of the Muni immediately. Although two Muni patrons, CSA Treasurer, Mitch Cumberworth, and my proctor's roommate, Jim Kiehne, class of 1968, both vouched for me, the barmaid stood her ground. When I departed the Muni, Barrie loyally left with me, even though my "illegal activity" in the eyes of the City of Northfield no doubt caused her some degree of embarrassment. I tried to make it up to Barrie some years later (possibly in 1973), when, as an employee of the American Hospital Association (AHA), I attended an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) national conference in Chicago, which Barrie also attended. I was quite surprised to see her there as I had not known that she was an occupational therapist (OT). Barrie was wearing her dark blue uniform with red piping with the Naval Medical Service Corps and was staffing an information table. After the day's conference session ended, I took Barrie out to dinner at the former Turewicz (Polish) Restaurant on the Northwest Side of Chicago where we both had an alcoholic drink with dinner and laughed about our 1968 Muni experience.

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