AMTA was saddened to report the passing of devoted and longtime national and chapter volunteer Dan Barrow on the evening of April 6. He was a champion of the profession who was dedicated to advancing massage therapy and promoting quality practice. Dan had been serving as both National Governance Committee Chair and House of Delegates Moderator.
Dan was well-known for his calm demeanor and dignity. As moderator of the AMTA House of Delegates for many years, he was able to hear the concerns of delegates, keep them on track and maintain a friendly discussion of anything brought before the House. He possessed a great sense of humor, while also committing himself to improving what AMTA does for its members. Over his many years as an AMTA member, Dan served on the national Board of Directors as a Vice President, numerous national committees and task forces, and held many positions in the New Mexico Chapter, including President.
He is survived by his wife Virginia Anthony Barrow, whom he met through their volunteer efforts for AMTA, and an extensive family. Other than his work as a massage therapist and AMTA volunteer, Dan was a great lover of music and art, and helped create the Ruidoso, NM Community Little Theatre where he acted and directed for 17 years in numerous productions, mentoring many young actors. He worked with and loved kids.
Dancing was one of Dan’s passions—he was an avid and accomplished country-western dancer. A collector of bolo ties and cowboy boots, he was also a wine sommelier. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dan Barrow Memorial Fund established by the Massage Therapy Foundation. Please note in your donation that this is for the memorial fund. Also visit Dan's Caring Bridge site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/danbarrow to leave tributes. You will need to set up an account on Caring Bridge for access.
Dan Barrow will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him and even those who didn’t.