John F. Barry
John F. Barry
Team: Special/ Paul L. Maddock '33 Award

John F. "Jay" Barry '50
Sport:
 Special/Paul L. Maddock '33 Award
Year Inducted:
1976/1986

John F. “Jay” Barry ’50 is considered the premier historian of Brown football and has been making substantial contributions to all Brown sports for the last 30 years. He was on the sports staff of the Brown Daily Herald from 1947 to 1950 and, as associate director of the much-honored Brown Alumni Monthly, has been writing sports for that publication since 1954. Jay produced, scripted, and was a director of “The Last White Line,” the superb football history of Brown from 1878 to the present. The film has been shown on TV twice and is the only documentary of its type produced in this country. Jay also made the season highlights films for Coach John Anderson in 1973 and 1974. For six years he has also been editor of the Brown Football Association Newsletter, perhaps the finest produced by an Ivy League college. He sponsored the only complete reunion of the Iron Men in 1949 and subsequently sponsored anniversary banquets for the Rose Bowl team in 1955, the Iron Men in 1956, and for former Brown trainer, Jack McKinnon. Jay, along with Dr Walter Jusczyk and Jack Heffernan was one of the three men who formed the Brown Hall of Fame in 1971. All of the statistics in the Brown Football Press Guide prior to 1937 have been researched and contributed by Jay Barry. He has just completed work on a statistical history of Brown football, a work that includes every scoring play, length of run or pass, size of crowd, along with some nostalgic trivia of each year – song hits, Broadway plays, and so forth. In his hometown of Warren, R.I., Jay helped to start the Little League, indoor soccer, and in 1972 and again in 1973 he coached the high school age group to the State Championship of the Summer Soccer League. He is responsible for starting the Pops Concert and the Alumni Field Day at Brown and in 1956 he produced at RCA Victor an exciting LP recording of excerpts from President Wriston’s speeches.