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Albany native, former Duke football star Barnett dies

Bob Barnett, an Albany native who starred at center from 1939 to 1941 for the Duke basketball team, died Wednesday at the age of 90.

Bob Barnett, an Albany native who starred at center from 1939 to 1941 for the Duke basketball team, died Wednesday at the age of 90.

DURHAM, N.C. — Former Duke gridiron captain and All-American Bob Barnett passed away Wednesday at his home in Rehoboth, Del. He was 90 years of age.

A native of Albany, Barnett lettered three seasons (1939-41) for the Blue Devils as a center under Hall of Fame head coach Wallace Wade.

Helping Duke to a three-year record of 24-4 with a pair of Southern Conference championships (1939 and 1941), Barnett served as team captain as a senior in 1941 as the Blue Devils went 9-1 and captured the league title before suffering their lone loss of the year, 20-16, against Oregon State in the Rose Bowl held in Durham.

A two-time All-Southern Conference selection, Barnett received third team All-America honors in 1941 when he spearheaded a Duke offense that finished second nationally behind only Texas in scoring (32.7 ppg) and a defense that posted five shutouts and allowed just 6.1 points per game. The 1941 Blue Devils finished the year ranked second nationally in the final Associated Press poll.

Following his undergraduate tenure at Duke, Barnett served in World War II before earning a degree from Duke’s Law School in 1947. After retiring as president and chief executive officer of ICI Americas (currently Astra/Zeneca) in 1982, he joined the law firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon in Wilmington, Del.

A memorial service will be held on June 22 at 11 a.m. at Chandler Funeral Home in Wilmington, Del., where friends and family may visit beginning at 10 a.m.