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Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page B08

Paul D. Barker Researcher, Drummer

Paul Douglas Barker, 56, a freelance archives researcher and jazz drummer, died of cancer Dec. 10 at his home in Rockville.

Mr. Barker, a native of Berea, Ky., graduated from the University of Kentucky. He served in the Army in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star.

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In the 1970s, he worked as a reporter for the Lexington Herald in Kentucky, before relocating with his wife to the Washington area in 1976. From 1976 to 1989, he worked as a writer and editor for the Agriculture Department.

His musical career spanned his adult life, and he played in rock-and-roll, country, pop, blues and straight-ahead jazz bands. After leaving the Agriculture Department, he devoted more time to his love of music by working as a drummer with various bands and hosting jam sessions in his home. He also worked as a freelance disc jockey and a researcher at the National Archives for various clients.

He was a member of the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund Inc. and had played at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Peggy R. Barker of Rockville; a daughter, Alison Barker of Santa Monica, Calif.; his mother, Dora Barker of Richmond, Ky.; two brothers; and a sister.

William Patrick Reich Teacher, Refugee Specialist

William Patrick Reich, 66, who taught English as a second language and worked in refugee resettlement, died Dec. 5 of congestive heart failure at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

After moving to Falls Church in 1976, Mr. Reich spent 14 years working for organizations involved in refugee resettlement programs in the United States and abroad. As an employee of the Center for Applied Linguistics (1976-1980), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (1980-1986) and the International Catholic Migration Commission (1986-1990), he prepared programs and curricula, provided assistance in English language training and traveled widely throughout the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

From 1990 until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Reich taught English as a second language at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.

He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and grew up in Trussville, Ala. Beginning at the age of 16, he spent eight years studying for the Catholic priesthood at seminaries in Alabama and Virginia. After leaving the seminary, he graduated from Catholic University.

From 1966 to 1971, he taught English at the Institute for North American Studies in Barcelona. He received a master's degree in linguistics from Georgetown University in 1973.

That year, Mr. Reich moved his family to Seoul, where he served as an education officer for the Peace Corps.

He enjoyed poetry, travel and music and played piano and guitar.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Kathleen Callahan Reich of Falls Church; two children, Patrick Reich and Caroline Reich, both of Falls Church; three brothers, Harry C. Reich of Birmingham, Ala., and Warren Thomas Reich and Michael Reich, both of Falls Church; two sisters, Mary Ferry of Trussville and Susan Nishimoto of San Francisco; and two grandchildren.


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