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Dr. William H. Barrows

Dr. William H. Barrows


It is with great sadness that we announce that longtime Spertus Institute donor and friend Dr. William H. Barrows has died, at age 60, after a fiercely waged battle with brain cancer.

Dr. Barrows received his Medical Degree from the Chicago Medical School in 1980 and practiced pediatrics in Chicago for 30 years. He was passionate about his work, his patients, and about teaching the next generation of doctors, serving on the faculty of Rush Medical School and Northwestern Medical School and often hosting medical students in the office to observe and learn by example. For decades he volunteered at St. Basil's Free People's Health Clinic in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.

In addition to his pediatric training, in 1990 Dr. Barrows became trained as a Mohel (one who does ritual circumcisions) by the Reform Movement of Judaism. He performed more than 850 Brit Milah with a special dedication to making the experience a spiritual experience and to serving interfaith families.

Longtime residents of Oak Park, Dr. Barrows and his wife Donna, a Spertus Institute Trustee and Past Board Chair, raised three sons to share their commitment to meaningful work, serving their communities, and treasuring their family and friends. Dr. Barrows also passed along to his sons his love of skiing, a passion he sought to pursue even throughout his illness.

Dr. Hal M. Lewis, Spertus President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Bill Barrows was a mensch of the highest order, devoted first to his family, but also to his patients and to the broader Jewish community. He was an impassioned outdoorsman, an extremely talented photographer, and a devoted and committed supporter of Spertus. He was cheery, funny, and always supportive and helpful. His death is a tragedy, and he will be missed not only by his loving family but by those of us who admired his passion and enthusiasm.”

Last May, Dr. Barrows was honored with Courage Award from Voices Against Brain Cancer in honor of his valiant fight against his illness.

We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Barrows’ family and his many colleagues, patients, and friends. He was an inspiration to us.

Y'hi zikhrono l'ivrakha. May his memory be for a blessing.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dr. William H. Barrows
Dr. William H. Barrows