Syracuse University mourns passing of Life Trustee J. Patrick Barrett

October 21, 2019 | Rob Enslin

Patrick BarrettSyracuse University mourns the loss of J. Patrick “Pat” Barrett, a Life Trustee who died in September after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 82.

The Lake Placid native served on the University’s Board of Trustees for more than three decades. He also was a member of the Maxwell School Advisory Board from 1991-97, and supported various academic and athletic initiatives. Three of his seven sons—Brian L’04, Robb ’04 and Benjamin ’17—are University alumni.

Barrett chaired the New York State Republican Committee from 1989-91, and was a delegate to the 1988 and 2004 Republican National Conventions. In 2010, he crossed party lines to co-chair Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial bid, and subsequently endorsed Democratic candidates in statewide and local races. The following year, Barrett became chair of the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority, a post he held until his death.

Read more about Barrett via the Syracuse University News website.