Joshua A. Barbati, teacher

Joshua A. Barbati, a retired

Baltimore County

public school educator and longtime Loch Raven resident, died May 11 of


at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, N.C.

He was 79.

The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Barbati was born in


, Conn., and raised in


, Conn., and

New Haven

, where he graduated in 1953 from James Hillhouse High School.

He was a 1960 graduate of Central Connecticut State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in technology education. A year later, he earned a master's degree in technology education from

Ball State University

in Muncie, Ind.

He also did graduate work at what is now

Loyola University Maryland


Mr. Barbati, whose teaching expertise was in power technology, began teaching in Baltimore County public schools in 1961.

He taught at Loch Raven junior and senior high schools and was on the faculty at


Junior High School,


Senior High School and Chesapeake High School, from which he retired in 1993.

Many of his students received scholarships from various colleges to pursue studies in engineering and architectural design, and because of his work, Mr. Barbati was named Technology Teacher of the Year in 1985.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Barbati was an editorial review consultant for an electronics firm that was developing high school electronic workbooks.

Mr. Barbati was an avid ballroom dancer and bowler. He had been a member of and toured with the Professional Bowlers Association.

A resident of


, N.C., since 1994, Mr. Barbati was an



Atlanta Braves


Mr. Barbati donated his body to the

Duke University

School of Medicine, and plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Betty L. Warnick of Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews.