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Leroy J. “Roy” Barry was born in Brewer, Maine and graduated from Mechanic Falls High School. He completed his B.S. degree in pulp and paper technology at the University of Maine in 1960.

Barry began his industrial career at S.D. Warren/Scott Paper Company in Westbrook, Maine. In 1981, he moved to Warren’s Somerset mill in Skowhegan as paper mill manager. In 1985, he relocated to the Company’s Muskegon, Michigan mill as Production Manager. He returned to Maine in 1988, as manager of Scott Paper’s Winslow tissue and coating base stock mill.

Barry later returned to Muskegon as Vice President and General Manager but in 1994, joined Madison Paper Industries in Madison, Maine as President and Chief Operating Officer. He became CEO a year later. In 2002, Barry became Senior Advisor to the company as his successor trained in advance of Barry’s 2003 retirement from the industry.

Active in industry organizations, in 1998, Barry was honored by the Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA) as Executive of the Year. He served on the Board of Directors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and was appointed by Governor Angus King and the State's Legislature leadership, to the Maine Economic Growth Council, which he co-chairs. He also serves on the Leadership Institute Planning Committee of Colby College and on the MELMAC Education Foundation Board of Directors.

During his career, Barry encouraged students at Engineering Career Exploration Seminars for high school students and at Engineering Management Seminars helping engineering students prepare to be managers. He served as a Pulp and Paper Foundation Vice President, President, and Chairman.

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