October 1, 2019

Western Maryland Celebration Senator Samuel Barrick

Although perhaps better known for his tenure as a Circuit Court Judge, Senator Samuel Barrick was a true advocate for his native Western Maryland throughout his career in public life.

Born in Woodsboro in 1924, Barrick would be a product of both Woodsboro and Frederick public schools then Mercersburg Academy and Gettysburg College before making his way to the University of Maryland School of Law with a stop as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Force in between. He’d marry the former Joan Johnson in 1951 and the couple would have one daughter and two sons (Linda, Paul, and Mark) who they chose to raise in Frederick County.

Just a year after his marriage, Barrick would graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law (in 1952), that same year he’d be admitted to the bar that same year thus beginning a vocational career dedicated to justice and public service.

Elected State’s Attorney for Fredrick County from 1954 until pursuing and attaining election to the Maryland Senate in 1959, Barrick would serve in the Senate until 1962 then become Frederick County Attorney from 1963-1969. Interestingly, while serving as Frederick County Attorney in 1968 Barrick would participate in the famously tumultuous Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. In 1970, Barrick would be elected to a fifteen-year term as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland representing both Frederick and Montgomery Counties where he’d serve until his retirement in 1985.

While elected service was a staple of Barrick’s life, he also played an active role in the community throughout Frederick County including stints as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First Bank of Frederick, President of Frederick Realty, Inc., Member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick and Vice Chairman of its’ Church Council.

Barrick passed away in 2019 at the age of 94 leaving behind his beloved wife of 68 years (Joan) as well as his three children and six grandchildren. He also left behind a legacy of dedication to service and justice for Western Maryland that endures to this day.

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