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Wallace Barnes

manufacturing executive

Wallace Barnes, American manufacturing executive. Bar: Connecticut 1952.


Barnes, Wallace was born on March 22, 1926 in Bristol, Connecticut, United States. Son of Harry Clarke and Lillian (Houbertz) Barnes.


Bachelor, Williams College, 1949. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1952. Graduate, Advanced Management Program, Harvard, 1973.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Hartford, 1988. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Briarwood College, 2002.


President Nutmeg Air transactions Inc., 1949-1955. Assistant to treasurer Northeast Airlines Inc., Boston, 1951. Associate firm Beach, Calder & Barnes (and predecessor), Bristol, 1952-1955, partner, 1956-1962.

Executive vice president Associate Spring Corporation (name changed to Barnes Group Inc.), 1960-1964, president, 1964-1977, chairman, chief executive officer, 1977-1991, chairman board, 1991-1995, retired, 1995. Chairman board Rohr Inc., Chula Vista, California, 1995-1998. Chairman Council Employment and Training Commission State of Connecticut, since 1997.

Senior partner Sky Bight Partners. Board directors TeraBit Communications, LLC, Del Global Technologies –°orporation. Chairman board Tradewind Turbines Corporation, 1994-2006.

Partner Green Acres Farm, since 1986.


  • Bar: Connecticut 1952.


President Bristol Community Chest, 1956. Board directors, member executive committee Bristol Boys Club, president, 1965-1968. Board regents University Hartford, 1961-1994, lifetime regent, 1995, chairman, 1988-1993.

Trustee Bristol Girls' Club Association. Board directors New England Legal Foundation, 1986-1990, New England Council, 1980-1983, Junior Achievement North Central Connecticut, 1980-1990. Nominee for Congress, 1st Congressional District Connecticut, 1954.

Republican town chairman Bristol, 1953-1955. Member Connecticut Senate from 5th District, 1958-1962, 8th District, 1966-1970, minority leader, 1969. Governor's Clean Water Task Force, 1966-1967.

Board directors Community Council of Capital Region, 1975-1977, Hartford Symphony Society, 1971-1978, Council on Employment and Fair Taxation, 1978-1980, Business Coalition on Health, 1983-1988, Connecticut Public Expenditure Council, 1979-1985. Trustee American Clock and Watch Museum, Environmental Learning Centers Connecticut Inc., The Family Center. Board trustees New England Air Museum.

Corporator Institute of Living, Hartford, Bristol Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford Hospital. Co-chair Connecticut Children's Medical Cap. Campaign, chairman CBIA, 1982-1993.

Board directors Connecticut Economic Development Corporation Served as aviation cadet United States Army Air Force, 1944-1945. Member American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Arbitration Association, Bristol History Society, Newcomen Society, Connecticut Business and Industry Association (past chairman, director), Metro Hartford C. of Chamber (board directors, executive committee since 1991), American Legion, Elks, Economic Club New York City, Farmington Country Club, Chippanee Golf Club (Annapolis, Maryland), Yatch Club.


Married Audrey Kent, June 14, 1947. Children: Thomas Oliver, Jarre Ann Betts. Married Mistress Frederick B. Hollister, Junior.

1 adopted son, Frederick Hollister. Married Joan C. Fierri, March 3, 1973. Married Barbara Hackman Franklin, November 29, 1986.