OBITUARY: Former Physician of Numerous Astronauts Dr. Leonard A. Barrow of Melbourne Passed Away at 89

served as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Coast Guard and attained the rank of Captain

Dr. Leonard A. Barrow, Sr. of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on December 19 at the age of 89. He served as a medical officer at the Kennedy Space Center as the official physician of numerous astronauts who flew in the Space Shuttle program.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Dr. Leonard A. Barrow, Sr. of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on December 19 at the age of 89. He was raised in Jackson, Michigan, and grew up in very humble circumstances.

He overcame his past and became a highly accomplished and well respected Osteopathic Physician. He had a very large medical practice in Lapeer, Michigan, and was also the Chief of Staff of the Lapeer County General Hospital for several years.

He was a man of extraordinary insight and ability, especially when it came to diagnosing difficult medical conditions. He was also a mentor to others and had a special ability to encourage people from all walks of life to achieve and overcome obstacles.

Dr. Barrow also served as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Coast Guard and attained the rank of Captain.

In addition, he also served as a medical officer at the Kennedy Space Center as the official physician of numerous astronauts who flew in the Space Shuttle program. Before retiring from medicine in 2002, he had also served as the Medical Director of the Stewart-Marchman Center in Daytona Beach.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; son Leonard, Jr. and his wife, Mary; daughter Lynda Moser; grandsons Gregory Barrow, Kevin Barrow, and Brock Moser; sister-in-law Carol Aitken and nieces, Kim Reed, Lisa Rickert, and Laurie Anderson.

Dr. Barrow was preceded in death by his youngest son Gregory J. Barrow in 1997. What gave Dr. Barrow the greatest joy was being a husband, a father, and being “Poppy” to his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at the Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Chapel, 1010 Palmetto Ave., Melbourne, Florida, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Dr. Scott Wilson, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Melbourne, will officiate.

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