Joe DeBarberie ’73 considers Barry Kirsch a role model.  He’s not alone.

When Archbishop John Carroll inducts Kirsch as the first member of its Hall of Fame, countless others will also reflect the impact he’s had on their lives.

“He was and is a role model for thousands of students,” DeBarberie said. “A family man, a coach, a teacher, Pro Life moderator.  The great teachers, just like great coaches, don’t realize how much of an impact they have on kids until years later. And sometimes they don’t even know what kind of impact they have had on their students.”

Carroll will honor and celebrate Kirsch on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the school in Radnor. Kirsch has spent half a century at Carroll as teacher, coach and Pro-Life moderator.  The event is part of #CARROLL50, a celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary.

“His consistency, zeal, determination and humility have provided a wonderful example for generations of Carroll students,” said Francis E. Fox ’77, Carroll president.  “This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate this great man.”

“Barry is Carroll,”   DeBarberie said, adding it Kirsch was the logical choice to be the first inductee: “With all the catching up we have to do, 50 years of tremendous people, not just athletes, but people who could inducted into the Hall of Fame, we decided to make the inaugural about one individual. It says a lot about him and a lot about our community.”

Even after 50 years, Kirsch still connects with and impacts Carroll students.  “They talk about him with the same relevance as we talk about him,” DeBarberie said.