Jennifer L. “Tink” Barnes, a retired interior designer and senior associate vice president of CallisonRTKL who worked nationally and internationally with corporate and public clients, died of cancer on March 5 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 60.
Jennifer Lynne Barnes, daughter of Luke Barnes, a PGA golfer, and his wife, Mildred “Mimi” Barnes, a homemaker, was born in Roanoke, Virginia and raised in Duluth, Georgia.
Known as “Tinkerbell” or “Tink” for short, Ms. Barnes was a graduate of Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia, and received a BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida. .
During a career spanning nearly three decades at the Baltimore office of CallisonRTKL, a design firm, Ms. Barnes has worked nationally and internationally with clients including Morgan Stanley, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette College, the Naval Academy and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir. , Virginia.
Internationally, Ms. Barnes has been associated with hotel and residential projects in the United Arab Emirates and a restaurant renovation in Korea.
She has won numerous awards, including the US Army Corps of Engineers Chief Engineers Award for the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“She was smart, analytical, assertive, thoughtful and kind,” Bill McCarthy, a colleague of 30 years, said in a biographical family profile. “At times she was hard to please but kind and generous, and worked tirelessly to try to make customers happy, and she never let her teammates down…She was a truly accomplished and gifted woman.”
She retired a year ago due to failing health.
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Mrs. Barnes enjoyed traveling to Europe and the West, and enjoyed spending time at her favorite beach in Corolla, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
One of her special nature hiking destinations was Punk’s Peak in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she enjoyed watching meteor showers and watching rainbows, listening to waterfalls and watching wildlife while dancing around the corner fire on his favorite playlists, family members said.
Her musical tastes ranged from the Rolling Stones to Natalie Merchant, and she enjoyed collecting eclectic art and household furniture, which she used to furnish her Stony Run home. She was also an animal lover and an avid Ravens fan.
“Anyone who knew Jenny will tell you that she had a big heart and a sharp mind, which put her concern for others before her own,” according to the biographical profile. “She was caring enough to send heartfelt handwritten notes that you knew were genuine. She was a unique soul that left an imprint on everyone she came into contact with. She touched us all with her magic and grace.
Plans for a memorial and celebration of life service to be held in Baltimore and Georgia are incomplete.
She is survived by two brothers, Richard Barnes of Evanston, Illinois, and Mark Barnes of Cummings, Georgia; two sisters, Karen Visser of Towson and Jane Dolbin of Arlington, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.