Brother Barry Tracy, O.S.F.
William C. Tracy, son of Walter and Anna nee McNulty was born in Brooklyn on September 24, 1935. He entered the juniorate of the Brothers in 1950 from Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, and after graduating from St. Anthony's Juniorate, he received the habit of the Franciscan Brothers on February 7, 1954, taking the name of Brother Barry. He was first professed on January 9, 1956 and made his final profession on January 29, 1959. Brother Barry's interest and academic abilities in Mathematics were acknowledged in the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College in 1964 and his Masters in Science from New York University in 1968. He also did further graduate studies at Fordham and Columbia Universities. He had Permanent Certifications in Mathematics and Driver Education. Brother Barry taught in St. Joseph's, Babylon, St. Brigid, St. Antony of Padua, St. Bartholomew, and Notre Dame elementary schools of the Rockville Centre and Brooklyn dioceses. He also taught in Bishop Ford High School, St. Francis Prep and St. Anthony's High School, where he served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department. Brother Barry was well-known in the high school track and field world as a meet organizer, track official, starter and official timer. As a teacher of Driver Education, Brother Barry was a skilled instructor who managed to leaven his teaching of his nervous students, including many brothers, with good humor and great care. Brother Barry's love of classical music and opera was well known to his confreres and his subscription to the New York City Opera summer season was an annual source of joy in his life. Proud of his Irish heritage, Barry was active in the AOH, serving as a Suffolk County chaplain. He was a frequent marcher in local St. Patrick's Day parades and an avid listener to Irish music. While hospitalized he died in 1999.