02 Aug 2017
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
WILLIAM Ronald “Ron” Barrineau, a founding member of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, passed away on July 26, 2017 on Guam. He was 75.
According to council executive director Scott Russell, Barrineau made significant contributions to developing an array of humanities-based programs that allowed the council to carry out its core mission: to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of the humanities through educational programs.
In 1991, Barrineau worked with Agnes McPhetres, currently the chief executive officer of the Northern Marianas Trade Institute, to establish the council.
He served as the first and longest-serving council executive director from 1992-2001 and returned to serve two terms on its board as a gubernatorial appointee from 2005 to 2010.
As a board member, he served as chair of the program committee and as the board’s secretary/treasurer.
“During his term on the board, he provided strong program contributions as well as contributions in the area of board governance,” Russell said.
“During his time as executive director, Ron was instrumental in establishing the council as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and in establishing the council as a premier non-government organization in the CNMI.”
He also played a significant role in establishing Northern Marianas College.
Frankie Eliptico, chair of the council’s board of directors, said Barrineau made important and invaluable contributions that fueled the growth of the local humanities landscape.
“The Humanities Council would not be where it is today as a thriving organization without Ron’s extraordinary work and passion during the council’s formative years,” Eliptico said.
“We are extremely saddened to learn of his passing and will keep him and his family in our prayers. We are committed to keeping his memory alive by continuing his lifelong work of promoting the humanities, the love of history, the preservation of culture and language, and the study of the human experience.”
Barrineau is survived by his three children: Irene Mariana Barrineau, John Brady Barrineau, and Hannah Barrineau, grandchildren and his three siblings: Russell Barrineau, Jimmy Cole and Carol Cole.
Barrineau was predeceased by his wife, Margaret McWhorter Barrineau.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Saipan Community Church in Susupe.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/97375-ron-barrineau-75