WEST HARTFORD – Sister Patricia Barry, of the Sisters of Mercy, died on June 22, 2013.
She was born on Aug. 17, 1934, in Norwich, a daughter of the late William and Eugenie (Rouleau) Barry. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1952, and professed her vows on Aug. 15, 1955.
Sister Patricia was dedicated to Catholic education for more than 50 years. She was the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Norwich, regional director of elementary schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, and, for the past 16 years, associate director and deputy director of the Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
She held a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, a Master of Arts degree in mathematics education and a diploma of Advanced Graduate Studies in administration and supervision. She received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice papal award for service to the Church, the Award for Distinguished Service to the Diocese of Norwich and the National Catholic Education Association’s Award for Outstanding Service to Catholic Education.
Sister Patricia worked extensively in the area of school evaluation and accreditation, developing a process for peer evaluation of the elementary schools and establishing the Norwich Diocesan Accrediting Agency, which was recognized by the Connecticut State Board of Education. She assisted several dioceses in preparing for elementary school accreditation and participated in two revisions of the protocol for the Commission on Independent Schools.
Her parents and a sister, Therese Marie Barry Wojtcuk, predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Sister of Mercy Jeanne Barry, of Warwick, R.I.; many nieces and nephews; a cousin; and her Mercy community.