Barry Joseph Valentino was returning from his first trip to Europe. He had gone there in November in connection with his work as project manager for the Artist in Residence program at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. At 28, Barry had held this position for four years. In addition, he had recently completed his B.A. in Physics at San Francisco State University.
Barry was the eldest of the four children of Barry and Jean of Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. Besides his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Scott and Mark, and his sister, Lisa. Since Lisa had been a student teacher in England in the fall of 1988, she was able to meet Barry and the two of them traveled in Europe together. Lisa left London for home one day before her brother's flight.
A colleague at the Exploratorium talked of Barry's kindness, dedication and helpfulness. "He was very good at what he did in working with artists to realize their ideas."
Barry's mother recalled his vibrancy, his caring, his awareness of the beauty of people and of the world. She said, "Barry was loveable and loving and he gave so much of himself to all of us. His life ended in such a cruel and violent way. I am thankful to God that this was not the way he lived his life."
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