Dr. John W. Barton has been selected as the grand marshal for the 2011 Christmas in Comer Parade as recognition for his work in historical preservation for Madison County.
Barton, who was a significant source for items and displays for the Comer Travel Museum, was born and raised in a western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving his undergraduate and MD degrees from Duke University, He completed his internship and residency in the Northeast. He returned to the South for a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Emory University.
Following completion of his training, he joined Athens Radiology Associates and began practice in Athens at ARMC starting in July 1992.
Barton married his wife, Michelle, in 1991. They moved to the Diamond Hill area of Madison County in February 1993 just before the blizzard. They have four active daughters who participate in Equestrian events, soccer and basketball. Michelle is a faculty member of the UGA Veterinary School in the department of large animal medicine.
Barton’s interest in Madison County history began when potential routes for the Hwy. 29 expansion were being considered. It became clear that the historical significance of certain homes and properties was influencing potential routes. While searching for the history of his family’s house and property, Barton aimed to learn more about the county and its history.