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Furniture leasing pioneer Carl Barron dies at 97

Was mentor to many in industry

BELMONT, Mass. - Dr. Carl F. Barron, 97, who is credited with creating the furniture leasing industry, died Feb. 16.

Barron founded a furniture leasing company in 1938, working alongside his late wife, Ruth. Barron was a longtime mentor who promoted his industry across the country. His business, Putnam Furniture Leasing Co., became the largest privately held furniture leasing company in the country and was sold in 2001 to Cort, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

He was a past president of the International Furniture Rental Assn., was involved in a number of altruistic endeavors in and around Cambridge, Mass., published an autobiography in 1991, was an author of a business manual on psychology in business and designed furniture.

He is survived by four daughters, one son, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to the Barron Center for Men's Health, c/o Mount Auburn Hospital, Development Office, 330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138.

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