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Allan Barney, brewing industry figure, dies at 81.

Allan J. Barney, 81, a retired Pfizer executive who had brewed for both Anheuser-Busch and the U.S. Army during his long industry career, died February 24, 1995 in Naples, FL. He was born in Petrolia, PA in 1913, and attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a B.S. in Chemistry and received a commission in the U.S. Army in 1936.

Barney joined the research division at Anheuser-Busch in 1938, but was called to active military service in December 1942. He was attached to a tank destroyer battalion in California, and then was transferred to the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, where he studied at the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare School. He was then shipped across the Atlantic, and attended the British army's chemical warfare school in Scotland.

He took part in the invasion of North Africa in 1943. Following the Tunisian campaign, he was assigned to army headquarters in Algiers to supervise the production of beer for the U.S. Army in Casablanca, Oran and Algiers. When the U.S. Army entered Naples, Italy, Barney was put in charge of restoring beer production at the Peroni Breweries in Naples, Leghorn and Rome.

He was discharged from the Army with the rank of Captain in 1945, and returned to Anheuser-Busch. In 1946, he accepted the position of master brewer at the Dallas-Fort Worth Brewing Co. in Dallas, TX. He left the brewery in 1950 to become director of brewing at Paul Lewis Laboratories in Milwaukee, WI, and he later became vice president and part owner of the company.

In 1962, Paul Lewis Labs was acquired by Pfizer. Barney continued to work for Pfizer as national sales manager of the Brewery & Dairy Products Division until he retired in 1978 and moved to Naples, FL. For the next five years, he served as a consultant in Latin America to Pfizer International.

He led an active life in Naples, as a volunteer at the Naples Community Hospital and the Nature Conservancy. He also served as treasurer and was a past president of the Illinois Alumni Association of Southwest Florida.

Al is survived by his wife of 59 years, Vivian; a son, Rick Barney, of the Froedtert Malt Corp., who lives in Milwaukee with his wife Cecilia; a daughter; two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Mar 20, 1995
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