Howard Barron, 88, of Phoenix, Ariz., died April 6, 2015. He was born in New Bedford, Mass., and lived in Newark and Maplewood before moving to Tucson, Ariz., in the early 1970s.
He graduated from Columbia High School, Maplewood, in 1944 and he received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1948. When he was 40, he returned to school and obtained a Master of Public Health Administration degree from Columbia University.
Mr. Barron operated his own business for many years. He was the director of ambulatory care for the New York City hospital system and later the administrator at a neighborhood health center in New York City. After moving to Tucson, he became the administrator for the El Rio Community Health Center. He was one of the founders of the Tucson Free Clinic and TAP, the Tucson AIDS Project. Before retiring, he worked as a consultant for the Department of Health and Human Services, writing grants to fund new health-care programs serving rural populations in California and Arizona.
He served in the Navy for one and a half years during World War II.
Predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, he is survived by three daughters, Andrea Barron, Amy Barron (Robert) Etzkorn, and Aileen (Howard) Friedman; a sister, Barbara Starr; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.