serious about punctuality, often
took tardy lawyers to task.
Active with the Island Democratic
County Committee, Judge Barlow was appointed chairman
of its law committee in 1965. Through the Democratic
Committee, he made the acquaintance of John D. Kearney,
public administrator of Staten Island.
"He was considered an outstanding
jurist," said Kearney of his friend. "He
was considered by judges, attorneys and lay people
as very brilliant and very much a student of the
In fact, Judge Barlow was regarded among lawyers
as a "book man" because he frequently did
his own research.
He was known as a "lawyers judge," said
State Supreme Court Judge Peter P. Cusick.
"He was a student of the law.
He enjoyed wrestling with legal problems. He was
a great example for me," Judge Cusick said.
Bruce Behrins, a lawyer and past
president of the Richmond County Bar Association,
tried many cases before Judge Barlow.
"He was one of the finest trial court judges
over to grace the bench anywhere," Behrins said.
Although Judge Barlow handled virtually
every type of criminal and civil case, the one that
many say brought him the most satisfaction was his
mediation of a 1973 strike that threatened to close
the former Richmond Memorial Hospital. The 14-day
strike ended with a settlement only after extensive
negotiations in the judge's New Brighton home.
In 1953, he was the unsuccessful
insurgent candidate for the Democratic nomination
for City Council, losting to Albert V. Maniscaloco,
who later became a borough president.
Before his election to the State
Supreme Court, Judge Barlow was appointed in 1962
as the legal assistant to Surrogate Frank D. Paulo,
who died in 1981.
Prior to that, he had a private law practice on
Staten Island and was a partner in the law firm of
Barlow, Millard, Amann and Holzka.
As a Yale University and Curtis
High School graduate, Judge Barlow had planned to
go into the diplomatic service. As a combat intelligence
officer with the 8th Air Force in England during
World War IIfrom 1942 to 1945, the young captain
changed his mind about the attractions of being far
Judge Barlow graduated from Harvard
Law School in 1948, the same year he was admitted
to the New York State Bar.
Born in Brooklyn, he was brought
to West Brighton as an infant. He later lived in
Grymes Hill and New Brighton, where he resided for
20 years before moving to Scottsdale.
An economics lecturer at Wagner
College, Judge Barlow had a passion for reading,
especially books about history. He had been a champion
tennis player as a youth.
The judge was a member of the Staten Island Unit
of the American Cancer Society.
His wife, the former Doris Hogan, died in 1989.
Surviving are two daughters, Susan
Broggi and Elizabeth Grant; a sister, Patricia Belcher,
and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be ehld tomorrow in the
Messinger Funeral Home, Scottsdale. Cremation will