OBITUARY: Richard W. “Barney” Liebermann, 87

LATROBE, PA — Richard W. “Barney” Liebermann, 87, of Latrobe, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital.

Born October 1, 1930 in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Carl R.W. Liebermann and Mary E. (Slosser) Liebermann.

Barney graduated from Derry Township High School, Class of 1948, where he was an Ag student. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for five years during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return from the service, he continued his education at Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, IN, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1960 with a Bachelor’s degree in physics and math.

Barney began his career as a student instructor at Indiana Technical College from 1959 to 1960, and went on to be a scientist with the Avco Corporation in Wilmington, MA from 1960 to 1965. In 1965, he returned to Pennsylvania where he became a senior research engineer for Westinghouse Research and Development in Churchill, a position he held until 1983. Then, in 1983, he returned to Massachusetts as a senior engineering specialist for Osram/Sylvania in Danvers until his retirement in 1995. Throughout the years, Barney became internationally known for his work in calculating thermodynamic and transport properties of high temperature gases (plasmas).

In the community, Barney was a member of the Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. He was active with several organizations, including the Latrobe Lion’s Club, where he served as past King Lion, past president of the Kingston Veterans & Sportsmen Association, past treasurer of the Miller Run Conservation Study, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 515 and F.O. Eagles Aerie No. 1188, both of Latrobe.

Barney was passionate about Freemasonry and devoted many years of service to its organizations. He was a member and Past Master of Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275, F. & A.M., Past High Priest of Thomas B. Anderson Royal Arch Chapter No. 309, and a longtime member of the LAMAS club and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling in various leagues at Lincoln Lanes. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, he enjoyed following the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. Barney was a loving and devoted husband, and will be remembered as a man of wisdom, honor, and dedication. He loved his family and will be missed greatly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Laura (Carney) Liebermann; one brother, Carl R. “Dutch” Liebermann; and one sister, Mary Anna MacQueen.

Barney is survived by five daughters, Dr. Roxanne J. Liebermann (Steve), of Laurel, MD, Gina A. Liebermann Masarik (Ron), of Greensburg, Denise L. (Cogan) Blackman (Haile), of Pasadena, CA, Debra M. Walker (John), of Hazel Hurst, PA, and Deanna L. Cogan, of Sierra Madre, CA; two sons, Kenneth A. Cogan (Michelle), of Latrobe, and Gregg E. Cogan (Rita), of Latrobe; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend at funeral service at 10:30 am Friday, October 12, 2018 at Latrobe United Presbyterian Church with his pastor, the Rev. Donald Graff, and the Rev. John McClure co-officiating. Members of the Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275, F. & A. M. will conduct a Masonic funeral service immediately preceding the funeral service. Inurnment will follow at Unity Cemetery where graveside military services will be accorded by the Greensburg V.F.W. Post No. 33.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 510 Pellis Road, Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Arrangements are being handled by the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. To sign online Guest Book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary information, please visit

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Richard W. “Barney” Liebermann

(NOTE: The above obituary is from John J. Lopatich Funeral Home.)

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