Obituary: Barry Averill, Former UHS Director

Barry Averill

Barry William Averill, former executive director of University Health Services (UHS), died Feb. 14 at his home in Easton, Conn.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served four years in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1966.

He began his health care career at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1966. In 1968, he joined UMass Amherst, remaining UHS’ executive director until 1984. Among his achievements at UHS was the creation of one of the first managed care programs in the country. He continued his career with several executive positions in Illinois and the northeast region before retiring in 2004.

His honors include the American College Health Association (ACHA) Hitchcock Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of College Health; and a distinguished community service award from the Chicago Anti-Defamation League. He was president of the ACHA, the Illinois Association of HMOs and active in numerous other boards and civic organizations.

He leaves his wife of 25 years, Evelyn; two sons, Timothy and Christopher; and his daughter Barbara, who are children with his first wife, Betsy Averill. He also leaves Eve’s children, Kathryn, Lara and Matthew, six grandchildren; and and a brother and sister.