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Virgil P. Barta ’41

Virgil P. Barta ’41, January 18, 2010, in Tigard, Oregon. Virgil earned a BA from Reed and a DSc from Oregon State College in physics. During World War II, he served in Europe as a radar operations officer with the U.S. Army. He received both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His career in graphic arts and sciences included positions with the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Technicolor Corporation, and the Stanford Research Institute. An expert in securities protection and fraud prevention, he became a consultant in 1968, working with banks, specialty paper and ink companies, and security printing and fraud protection companies. Many of the security features that he created are still in use today. Virgil and his wife, Helen, were married for 67 years. Survivors include two daughters and a son, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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