Barton B. Skeen Jr.


Barton B. Skeen Jr. of Wayland and East Chop died in Wayland on Feb. 7, 2015. Mr. Skeen was born on Sept. 25, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., to Barton B. Skeen Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Scrivener) Skeen. He graduated from Calvert School, City College of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Baltimore Law School. He was a proud third-generation Baltimorean.

A long-term Wayland resident, he served in the U. S. Army in Korea, in the unit stationed closest to the the Demilitarized Zone, from 1957 to 1959. This was a momentous experience in his young life. Professionally, he worked as a labor relations attorney for several companies, including the Pennsylvania Railroad, Bendix, W.R. Grace, Ludlow Corp., and Fairchild Industries. As a labor negotiator, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, to such locations as Owensboro, Ky., Libby, Mont., and New Orleans, among others. He later worked as a securities arbitrator for both the New York Stock Exchange and NASD; he was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Mr. Skeen was a sociable guy, enjoying his family, friends, and neighbors. He was interested in politics and current events, and loved reading novels and following professional football. He loved his visits to Martha’s Vineyard, where he enjoyed the company of many friends and daily swims in Nantucket Sound. On the Vineyard he enjoyed driving his little blue jeep and taking long walks with his yellow Labrador Turbo, who predeceased him by almost a decade. He served as the president of the East Chop Beach Club from 1997 to 1999, and also served on its finance committee for several years. He was active in his community, serving as an usher, lay reader, and vestryman at Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland, and at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Va., where he lived for 13 years. He was a member of the Retired Men’s Association of Wayland/Sudbury, and a volunteer Salvation Army bell ringer at Christmastime.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen N. Skeen; his sons, Andrew T. Skeen of Brookline, and Peter N. Skeen and wife Laura of Roanoke, Va.; his three grandchildren, Ryan, Thomas, and Grace; and two brothers, Robert G. Skeen and Douglas T. Skeen, both of Timonium, Md.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Skeen’s name to either the East Chop Beach Club, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472-2407. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 21, at noon, at St. Anne’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, 257 Concord Road (Route 126) in Lincoln.