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Robert Vincent Barton Jr.

Bob Barton Attorney, published author, and community volunteer, Robert Vincent Barton Jr., formally of Dundalk, Maryland, passed away peacefully at the age of 77, surrounded by his three children. Bob graduated from Dundalk High School in 1962 where he excelled in academics, was an All-American basketball player, and worked part time at the News American. He went on to attend the American University on a full scholarship, graduated in 1967, and soon after, while teaching at Bear Creek Elementary School, attended and received his law degree from the University of Maryland Law School. In 1971, Bob was hired at Ober, (Kaler), Grimes, and Shriver in downtown Baltimore and was an Associate, Partner, and Managing Partner of the firm. At Ober, he specialized in Health Law, representing doctors, hospitals, and institutions, successfully arguing many cases including a case in front of the Maryland Supreme Court. In 1991, Bob entered private practice where he served as the primary attorney for the Maryland State Dental Association until retiring and receiving recognition as an honorary lifetime member for his work.

Bob was very active in the Dundalk community and served as the chief strategist of a PTA task force which successfully fought against Baltimore County to keep Dundalk Elementary School open. Bob also worked with Congressman Clarence Long to ensure the appropriate use of Fort Holabird after its sale to Baltimore City. He was a member of the Dundalk Chapter of the Rotary Club and was involved with several 4th of July celebrations including serving as Distinguished Guest Chairman of the Heritage Fair.

Bob had many interests including gardening, taking walks, and photographing nature around the Chesapeake Bay. He loved watching college sports, enjoyed politics, writing, and studying history, particularly about the Maryland Eastern Shore. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert V. Barton Sr., Dorothy M. Barton, and his brother Timothy W. Barton. He is survived by his children Michael R. Barton (Theresa), Kathryn J. Barton (Stuart), David S. Barton (Melissa) and his granddaughter Madelyn P. Barton.

There will be a celebration of Bob's life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. https://www.cbf.org/ Published by Baltimore Sun on Nov. 24, 2021.