Barry Schweid was born on July 30, 1932, in New York City and died on December 10, 2015.
He graduated from Columbia University in 1953 and from its journalism school in 1954.
Barry served in the Army as a public relations specialist.
Barry then joined the AP’s New York City bureau and transferred to Washington in 1959.
He was assigned to cover major U.S. Supreme Court decisions 6 yrs after.
In the early 1970s, Barry was tapped to chronicle the globe-trotting Kissinger.
Barry was also inducted into the Washington Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame in 2002.
Schweid also covered the negotiations at Camp David that President Jimmy Carter brokered to reach a historic peace treaty in 1977 between Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin.
Barry had many scoops.
Barry had reported on a Sunday in April 1980 that Cyrus Vance was resigning as secretary state because he disagreed with the Carter administration’s decision to send a military mission to try to rescue the American hostages in Iran, which as unsuccessful.
Barry Schweid chronicled the Cold War and then its end with the implosion of the Soviet Union, filing news alerts from officials traveling with Secretary of State James Baker.
Barry retired in 2012.
He left behind his wife, Nina Graybill of Washington; and a sister.
Barry Schweid passed away at 83 yrs old, allegedly due to complications from a degenerative neurological condition.