Barton praised for civic activities

John W. Barton Sr.

Family and friends on Tuesday remembered John W. Barton Sr., the founder of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, as a “gentleman in everything he did” and a “person who will never be replaced.”

Barton died Saturday at his Beech Grove Plantation home in Wilson in East Feliciana Parish. He was 95.

In 1964, Barton founded the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which helps local philanthropists connect with nonprofit organizations, according to its website.

Barton served as the foundation’s founding board chairman for decades and returned as board chairman for two years in the 1990s, the foundation’s President and CEO John Davies has said.

Barton also served on the board of directors of the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation and helped raise funds for the construction of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, said his daughter, Annette Barton.

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