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Barry Maynard Mundt

June 28th, 1936 - December 23rd, 2023

"Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." -- Charles Schulz

Barry Maynard Mundt passed away peacefully in Portland, Oregon on December 27, 2023. He was 87 years old. Barry was born in San Francisco, CA to Janet Doughty and Kenneth Francis Mundt. The middle son of three boys, Barry grew up in La Canada and Pasadena, where he was graduated from Muir High School. Inspired by his father, he went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1959. After graduation, he joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. in Sunnyvale, CA, where he worked on the development of the Polaris submarine-based missile system. In 1961, he married his college sweetheart, Sally Hanscom, at the Stanford Chapel. 

 

During his time at Lockheed, he attended night classes at Santa Clara University, and in 1964, he was awarded an MBA. In 1965, Barry was hired by Management Systems Corporation (MSC) in Los Angeles. On his first day at MSC, he was surprised to learn that the company had been acquired by Peat, Marwick Mitchell (PMM), one of the Big 8 accounting firms at the time. That proved to be a fortuitous opportunity for Barry, as he remained with the company throughout his career, until his retirement almost 30 years later.

 

In 1969, Barry moved his family across the country to Atlanta to join PMM’s office there. He became a partner of the firm in 1973. Later, the firm would merge again, becoming KPMG. Barry was promoted to Partner in Charge of Industrial Engineering in 1981, and subsequently was transferred to KPMG's US headquarters in New York City two years later. In 1984, Barry was elected president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, resulting in considerable travel to Europe, Asia and Central America. In 1987, he was appointed International Management Consulting Partner for KPMG, a position he held for four years, splitting his time between his home in Darien, CT and the company’s office in Amsterdam. During this time, he was charged with spearheading KPMG’s activities in Russia, where he established a representative office in Moscow designed to consult managers in Russia’s construction industry on how to operate in a free market economy for the first time. He deemed this time one of the most interesting of his career. 

 

In his “free time,” Barry was also very active in several professional engineering organizations, as well as in a variety of volunteer roles in the arts and education realms. He was a proud board member of the Brandon Hall School in Atlanta for over 10 years, serving as board chairman from 1979-82. He was active for many years in the Resurgens Club of Atlanta, an organization made up of both Black and white business leaders seeking to promote and develop racial equality in business hiring practices. He also served as treasurer, president-elect and president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). During his tenure, IIE globalized and expanded operations to South/Central America and Japan.

 

After his retirement from KPMG in 1995, he wrote and co-wrote five books on various Management Consulting and Operational Management topics. He and Sally relocated to Asheville, NC, where they both became involved in and sat on the steering committee of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), one of the continuing education centers associated with universities across America.

 

In 2017, they relocated once again, this time to Portland, OR, where Barry would pass 6 years later. To many, Barry will be remembered as much for his career success and mentorship of others, as for his wide grin and witty personality. 

 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sally, his younger brother, Terry (Kathy); his three children: Kevin (Michelle), Trevor (Fu-chin) and Stacey (Mike); as well as six adult grandchildren: Taylor, Dalton, McKay, Ashton, Tristan and Celia; and one great-grandson, Turner. He was predeceased by his older brother, Kenny. At Barry’s request, there will be no ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bernard Osher Foundation for lifelong learning at www.osherfoundation.org.

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Reynolds Crutchfield

The picture of Barry sitting on the rock at forester Lake in the back country of the High Sierra brings back memories of the outings we took in our youth. This trip with my parents involved packing in by mule to the base camp at Forester Lake. Then we fished the lakes in the area and caught fish as fast as we cast our flies to the lake. A hike to the top of Mt Whitney and a tour of several Western states along with another friend from La Canada. Those are forever memories.

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Debbi Gillotti

I had the pleasure of working with Barry for several years at KPMG in the 1990's, and we later enjoyed hosting him and Sally during their travels to the Northwest. His holiday notes were always full of upbeat news and we have missed hearing from him in recent years. He was a true gentleman and scholar and I'm sure will be missed by many.

Published January 31st, 2024
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Jim Carney

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