History of Barry University

1960s: A time of change

As Barry celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding in 1960, the student body was almost 800 strong and the institution was accepted as a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Florida. However, in the early part of the decade Barry lost two of its founders. Mother Gerald Barry passed away in November of 1961 and co-founder John G. Thompson died in April of 1962.

Two years later, after mourning the death of President John F. Kennedy, the Barry community celebrated the inauguration of Sister Dorothy Browne, OP, as president on February 5, 1964. She followed in the footsteps of Mother Genevieve Weber, OP, who was named the second President of Barry College after Mother Gerald Barry's death in 1961.


The fact that the 1960s was a time of dramatic change, one when the established order was often questioned, is perhaps best evidenced by a 1964 commentary in the Angelicus, (formerly the Barry College Digest), in which the editor discussed previously taboo topics, such as standards of dress, sex and the Barry College girl and the value of required retreat.

But not all the changes of that decade were disconcerting. The Monsignor William Barry Library opened in 1967, and the Wiegand Center, housing science laboratories, classrooms and a language center, was completed in 1970.