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Manufacturing executive

Wallace Barnes, American Manufacturing executive. Bar: Connecticut 1952. Recipient Distinguished Svc. award Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce, Keystone award Boys Clubs American, 1967, Humanitarian award Bristol Boys Club Association, 1989, Hon.Alumnus award University Hartford, 1985, Hall of Fame award Junior Achievement North Control Connecticut, 1996; Bartels fellow U. New Haven, 1992.


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.


Associate firm, Beach, Calder & Barnes (and predecessor), Bristol, 1952-1955;partner, Beach, Calder & Barnes (and predecessor), 1956-1962;executive vice president, Association Spring Corporation (name changed to Barnes Group Inc.), 1962-1964;president, Association Spring Corporation (name changed to Barnes Group Inc.), 1964-1977;chairman, chief Executive officer, Association Spring Corporation (name changed to Barnes Group Inc.), 1977-1991;Chairman of the Board, Association Spring Corporation (name changed to Barnes Group Inc.), 1991-1995;retired, Association Spring Corporation (name changed to Barnes Group Inc.), 1995;Chairman of the Board, Rohr Inc., Bristol, Connecticut, 1995-1998;chairman Council Employment and Training Commission, State of Connecticut, Bristol, since 1997. President Nutmeg Air Transport, Inc., 1949-1955. Assistant to treasurer Northeast Airlines, Inc., Boston, 1951.

Director, member Executive Committee Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Chairman of Commission corporation public involvement, committee compensation and organization to 1996. Director Tradewind Turbines Corporation. Director Connecticut Innovations, Inc., Rogers Corporation.

Chairman of the Board Rohr, Inc., Loctite Corporation to 1996, others.


  • 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 (divorced August 1962). Children: Thomas Oliver, Jarre Ann. Married Mistress Frederick B. Hollister, Junior (divorced February 1973).

1 adopted son, Frederick Hollister. Married Joan C. Fierri, March 3, 1973 (divorced May 1985). Married BarbaraHackman Franklin, November 29, 1986.

Harry Clarke Barnes

Lillian (Houbertz) Barnes

Audrey Kent

Mistress Frederick B. Hollister

Joan C. Fierri

Barbara Hackman Franklin

Thomas Oliver Barnes

Jarre Ann Betts Barnes