WAKEFIELD, R.I. – Judith B. Barnett, 78, died July 3. She was the beloved wife of Stanley Barnett. Born in New York, New York, a daughter of the late Nathan and Sally (Tanenbaum) Brodkin, she was a longtime resident of Wakefield, previously living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She was a librarian professor at the University of Rhode Island for over 47 years, and a reference librarian at the Philadelphia Free Library and the Newark Public Library. Judy graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a bachelor’s degree, class of ’59 and Drexel University with a master’s degree in library science, class of ’62. She was a member of the Rhode Island Library Association and American Library Association, IAMSLIC and Congregation Beth David. Judy was a published author of books and articles on marine topics. She was also very active in various sports, loved spending time with her granddaughter, and learned to play the flute later in life.
She was the devoted mother of Nathaniel Barnett and his wife, Alexandra Henshel, of Kingston. She was the dear sister of the late Dorothy Israel. She was the loving grandmother of Cordelia “Coco” Barnett. She was the cherished aunt of two nieces and a nephew on the West Coast.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Barnard College, Box AS, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 or Congregation Beth David, 102 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.