May 16, 2004 by

John Barbour


Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

For 43 years, John Andrews Barbour wrote news stories for The Associated Press.
A friendly and knowledgeable journalist, Barbour specialized in science and environmental issues. He covered the first U.S. manned space expeditions: Alan Shepard’s first space launch in 1961, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first moonwalk and the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission in 1970. His obituary for Laika, the dog that died on Russia’s Sputnik II satellite in 1957, was both informative and eloquent.
Born in Ann Arbor, Barbour worked in the Michigan and New York offices of the AP before retiring in 1996. He also authored two books: “Footprints on the Moon” and “In the Wake of the Whale.”
Barbour died on May 8 of complications from a stroke. He was 75.

2 Responses to John Barbour

  1. j.a. barbour

    Barbour was nominated for a Pulitzer by Associated Press for a fine article on Fathers which was a tribute to his own father in it’s way. He contributed to many books published by AP. He wrote feature with a by-line.
    “Footprints” was the number one selling “moon-book” translated into 13 languages and selling millions of copies world-wide.
    He wrote many narrations freelance for documentary films.
    He retired to Del Mar, CA and was survived by 1 son, 3 daughters, and ex-wife Patricia.

  2. jacqueline corcoran

    I have fond memories of John. John Bold, of Allied Signal introduced us and he kept an eye on me for years while I was a flight attendant in NYC away from my family in California. He treated me to stories, poets, authors, reporters and the literary clan of AP. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I will always remember his stories, his wisdom and all the necessary warnings he gave me as a young woman of just 20 years. Offering fatherly advice and listened like my own father to my wild tales of travels of a first time “world traveler”. He was a super man and one that I will never forget. Thank you John, for showing me New York City and keeping an eye on me while I was so far from home. The world has less to read and has a smaller voice, without your words in it. Jacqueline Corcoran

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