Anthony J. Barak, PhD

BARAK, Anthony Jospeh, PhD, Jul 18, 1922 – Jan 7, 2012. Dr. Barak was born in Peterburg, NE on July 18, 1922. Following his elementary education, he attended Cathedral High School in Omaha, NE. He received a naval commission from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and served as a Landing Assault Boat Officer in the New Guinea, Philippines, Okinawa and Korean Campaigns in the Pacific in World War II. Following the war, Tony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biochemistry from Creighton University. In 1953 Tony earned his Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri and joined the faculty of the Nebraska University Medical Center. While a member of the UNMC faculty, he conducted research on Liver Disease at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha for over 40 years. In this effort, he attained the rank of Full Professor as he published over 150 scientific and medical papers in the literature. Aside from his scholarly works, Tony published three novels. One of these was of the life of Logan Fontenelle entitled “The Mongrel” and another told the story of the Spanish Conquistadores in their efforts to find gold in the Great American Desert. This work is called “The Gold of Quivira.” The third novel related his experiences in the South Pacific and is entitled “The Order of the Deep.” Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony James and Marie; his brothers Jerome and Francis; and his sister Marie. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Cecelia Roseann Ryan Barak and their children: Jeffrey Barak, Douglas (Colby) Barak, Mary (Kent) Bernhagen, Jennifer (Keith) Cook, and Cynthia (Terry) Durham. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Karina, Spencer, Jinni, Ryan, Shannon, Caitlin, Jake, Nick, and Megan; and by his sister Anna Margaret Schafer of Omaha. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES Thursday, 9:30am, West Center Chapel to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church for MASS at 10am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military rites by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to D.A.V.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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