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EIGHT BELLS - Barry A. Berkus
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Dec 13, 2012, 6:38 AM

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Barry A. Berkus, a Santa Barbara icon and award-winning architect whose work has been recognized both locally and abroad, died Nov. 30 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 77.

The founder and president of B3 Architects and Berkus Design Studio, Berkus and his firms have been involved in a diversity of projects over several decades, ranging from residential designs to commercial and institutional buildings and master-planned communities.

"I sold him many boats to Barry while becoming his sailing friend," said marine industry icon Roy Cundiff. "First a Cal 20 for him to learn sailing, and the same day he ordered a Cal 36 as he wanted to do the Transpac Race. The 1967 race was a really light year and we managed to win Class D and 3rd overall with mostly a crew of his novice friends on the Cal 36 'Intrepid'. Other boats that Barry owned and raced were the Cal 20 'Manta Rey', the Cal 37 'Intrepid II', the Ericson 46 'Warlock', the Eva Hollman 50 'Sunset Blvd', the Choate ULDB 68-foot 'Saga', and the J/24 'Watermelon'."

Berkus was a man of immense generosity, and was exceedingly active in the community of Santa Barbara. His parting advice: "Go where life takes you and run hard. Passion is what's going to take you to the other end."

A Memorial is scheduled for Jan 26, 2013 in Santa Barbara. Contact Pat Moser at B3 Berkus Design Studio for details: 805-966-1547


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