Barry Daneman (1952-2013)

678093The Kansas Dental Association has learned of the passing of Barry Daneman, who died July 4th.  Barry was a friend to many of us at the KDA and throughout Kansas. He served on the faculty of the UMKC School of Dentistry before his retirement in 2010.


Barry S. Daneman, 61, Lenexa, KS, died peacefully on the morning of July 4, 2013. A celebration in his memory will be held July 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 9400 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Shawnee Mission UU Church or to the Barry Daneman Scholarship at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Barry was born in St. Louis, MO on March 20, 1952. He was the younger of two sons of Martin and Sue Canis Daneman. He grew up in Nashville, TN; Framingham, MA; and Vestal, NY. He received a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from the State University of New York at Binghamton. While at Binghamton, he met his wife, Pat. They were married in 1972 and had two children, Kathy, a book publicist who lives in Brooklyn, NY and David, a teacher and cartoonist who lives in Paju, South Korea. In 2009, Barry earned a doctorate in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

In the course of his career, Barry was an educator, fundraiser, administrator, and nonprofit consultant. He was particularly interested in health care: he believed everyone should have access to affordable medical and dental care. His doctoral dissertation was about improving access to dental care for underserved people in Missouri and Kansas.

Barry was an avid volunteer and a passionate believer in tikkun olam, dedicated to using his intellect and resources to making the world a better place. He was passionate about teaching. He loved bringing people together around a cause. He specialized in helping people gain confidence by pointing out their strengths and challenging them to believe in themselves.

Barry loved Kansas City and built a wide and deep network of friends, neighbors, and colleagues here. He moved to Lenexa with his family in 1986. He was an active member of both the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist church and Beth Torah Synagogue. He was on the faculty of the Bloch School of Management and the School of Dentistry. He served in executive leadership roles as an advancement officer at the UMKC Foundation and at the Dental School. He was a senior consultant at the Center for Management Assistance, working with more than 250 nonprofit organizations on board development, budgeting, financial management, fundraising and strategic planning. After his retirement from UMKC in 2010, he continued to teach as an adjunct professor at the Bloch School of Management at UMKC and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

When he wasn’t working, Barry divided his time between savoring the world and saving it. He loved to ski, fish, hike, bike, and take long walks with Pat. Together he and Pat traveled the world, visiting U.S. national parks from east to west, Spain, Central Europe, England, Italy, France, Ireland, and Israel. He didn’t get to every place on his list, but he came close. He was proud that he had visited all 50 states. His favorite places were Big Sur in California, Cannon Beach in Oregon and Montauk Point, New York. Barry was a selfless volunteer, dedicating countless hours of service to many organizations. Over the years he worked for Jewish Family Services, the Kansas City Health Planning Commission, the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, and the Kansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. He served on the boards of the Alliance on Aging, the American Cancer Society, the Kansas Leadership Council of Communities Creating Opportunity, the Missouri Dental Foundation, the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, The Mother and Child Health Coalition, the Niles Home for Children, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Oral Health Kansas, and the Samuel U. Rodgers Community Health Center. He was an ambassador for the United Way of Greater Kansas City and an on-air fundraiser for KCUR. In the last months of his life, he worked as a driver for Cancer Action and a consultant to the Midwest Innocence Project and Turner House Children’s Clinic. He knew when he was too weak to continue working, but it pained him to resign from his commitments.

Barry was preceded in death by his father, Martin; mother, Sue; brother Gary, and mother-in-law Dorothy Kaufmann. He is survived by Pat, his wife and best friend of 40+ years, and children Kathy and David, future daughter-in-law Lila Sitkowiecki, best friend Morty Lebedun, and his loving extended family of in-laws, cousins, nephews, niece, and many, many friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Baranda’s team at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and the angels of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care for filling the last months and days of Barry’s life with hope and comfort.