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Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM.
John Wynne Barton, Jr., 85, died peacefully at home on August 20, 2012. A longtime representative of the structural steel industry, he served on the AISC Board of Directors from 1969 to 1972 and was a former president of the Southern Structural Steel Board of Trade.
Born September 29, 1926, Barton spent two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He was president of McMurray Structural Steel Company in Nashville until he sold the company to Ingalls Iron Works in Birmingham, Ala., in the mid-1970s.
He was active in the real estate business for a brief time and subsequently became a general contractor, operating in partnership with his son-in-law at the Barton-Riley Company until his retirement. He was also a former member and president of the Exchange Club of Nashville.
Barton is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Carolyn Price Morrison Barton, one daughter and one son and five grandchildren.