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In Memory of Barney Black.

by Mark Bebar, Bill White

(Last Update October 25, 2015)

Barney Black

DIED: July 29 2015
LOCATION: Maryland.

Autobiography: ENGLISH

Memorial to Barney Black - IHS Past Board Member and IHS Website Creator


It is with great sadness that I report that long-time IHS member Barney Black passed away on 29 July from complications related to ALS.  Barney was honored by IHS in 2001for his outstanding contributions over many years to the Society's communications efforts, specifically for setting up the IHS homepage and Newsletter publications.  He also served for a number of years on the IHS Board of Directors.

Barney had an unusually varied and multi-disciplinary career in the marine industry. He earned the unusual degree of B.S. in Humanities and Engineering from MIT in 1971.

He provided equipment, maintenance, and training to Navy, municipal, and civilian divers and fire fighters; worked in the SSN-688 Class Advanced Design Project Office at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company; served as a consulting engineer to the Naval Sea Systems Command in Arlington, VA, supporting various design and modernization projects in mine countermeasures; provided logistic support for the PHM Class hydrofoils; and was a Senior Principal Engineer at TRW.

More recently, Barney was a Senior Logistics Management Specialist on the US Coast Guard's Deepwater Project. Barney Black will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know him and our prayers are with his family.  His obituary can be seen below and at:


Mark R. Bebar, President – IHS

In Memory of
Barney C Black
October 17, 1948 - July 29, 2015
Families Obituary



Barney C Black, Champion-at-Large

Barney C Black passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 29, 2015 after a valiant battle against his ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). His most recent job titles included in reverse order: Senior Systems Engineer, Principal Engineer, Engineering Supervisor, and Sales Engineer.

Job titles from the beginning included:

TV repairman, low-cost housing renovator, diving manager, nondestructive tester of nuclear submarines, and aluminum siding salesman.

However, the title he loved most of all was Champion-at-Large for the Integrated Product Teams of the US Coast Guard's failed Deepwater Project.

Hobbies included Vietnam War protestor, SCUBA diver, and Kindle reader.

Barney also served on the Board of Directors of the International Hydrofoil Society and both published its newsletter and maintained its website. Barney's lifelong motto is: Semper Cogitans -- Nil Amplius Solvendum (Always Thinking – No Extra Charge).

He is survived by his wife and two sons; Helena C Black, Robert J. Black, and R. Terry Black; and remembered fondly by his brother and sister, John R. Black and Nancy Dillard.

Finally, this from beyond the grave: "This is Barney Black. I approved this obituary."


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