CURLING: Former USA Curling president passes away at age 80

June 04, 2008, 6:22 p.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Dr. Donald Barcome Sr., Grand Forks, N.D., former president of the United States Curling Association, passed away on Sunday, May 18, at age 80. Barcome suffered from heart ailments and a cancerous brain tumor.

Barcome Sr. served as USCA president from 1982-83 as well as president of the World Curling Federation from 1989-91. He was an active member of the Grand Forks Curling Club and father of 2002 Olympic curler Don Barcome Jr., also of Grand Forks.

"Don Barcome was a major figure in the development of curling, and his leadership at both the USCA and WCF helped both organizations to become better organizations," said David Garber, who served as the USCA's executive director from 1985 to 2006.

A native of Wisconsin, Barcome earned a doctorate in medicine in 1954 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moved to Grand Forks in 1965 when he became the medical director of the University of North Dakota Rehabilitation Hospital.

"'Doc' Barcome is one of life's characters for whom one is enriched just by knowing him," Garber said.

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