John Barry Bobear
John Barry Bobear
  • April 26, 1926 - January 28, 2018
  • Louisiana

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Dr. John Barry Bobear was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 26, 1926. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1944 and from Albany Medical College in 1950. Dr. Bobear did his internship and residency training in medicine at Charity Hospital in New Orleans from 1950 to 1956 on the Louisiana State University Service. He did a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps, where he graduated in Military Neuropsychiatry from the Brooke Army Medical Field Service School and served as a psychiatrist at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. In 1956, he joined the faculty at the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. He became Professor Emeritus in 1990 and continued to be active in the tuberculosis and pulmonary chest clinics at Charity Hospital until 1998.
It was during his tenure at Charity Hospital that he met and married the love of his life, Valerie Armbruster, head of Pharmacology at the hospital, to whom he was a devoted husband for 63 years. The Bobears were avid world travelers as well as art and music enthusiasts.
Dr. Bobear's interest and expertise in tuberculosis, which spanned many decades, began in 1952 at Charity under Dr. John H. Seabury. Dr. Bobear mentored student physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. He served as a pulmonary consultant on the staff of Southern Baptist Hospital and revitalized the Pulmonary Laboratory and Respiratory Care Department, becoming its first director. From 1966 to 1972, he was Associate Director of the LSUMSNO Rehabilitation Institute and director for the Pulmonary Function Laboratory as well as first head of the Pulmonary Section of the Department of Medicine. During this time, he also served as editor of the Orleans Parish Medical Society Bulletin from 1968 to 1977.
At Charity, Dr. Bobear served from 1975 until 1985 as the Director of the Pulmonary Department, then Associate Medical Director then Medical Director. He returned to the staff at LSU in 1985.
Dr. Bobear was a member of the Beta Chapter of the BOA and received the Breath of Life Award of the American Lung Association in 1995. He was a past president of the Orleans Parish Medical Society and a member of the House of Delegates for the Louisiana Medical Society. He also served as Director of Investigations for the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. He retired from practice in 2008.
Dr. Bobear was truly an asset to the medical field. Just as importantly, he was the epitome of a friend and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Valerie Armbruster Bobear, his wife of 63 years; his parents William Henry and May Barry Bobear; one brother, William Joseph Bobear; one sister, Jean Barry Bobear; two nieces, Nancy Bobear and Mary Kay Hoefgen. He is survived by two brothers, Charles Richard Bobear and David Barry Bobear; nieces Terry Gilbert O'Neil, Sandy Gilbert Burks, Norine Tarantino, Kathleen Bobear, Theresa Bobear, Eileen Buckley, Karen LaMonica and Katherine LaMonica; nephews William Bobear and Daniel Bobear and Gilbert Burks; and companion Susan Toler.
A reception to celebrate the life of Dr. John Bobear will be held at 3239 Coliseum Street on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00-8:30 pm.
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