86 years old. She was discovered inside her Manhattan apartment early in the morning, with police finding her lifeless body at approximately 4 am. While the city’s medical examiner has not yet disclosed the cause of death, police confirmed that there were no signs of trauma or foul play.
Maryanne Trump Barry was the oldest of the five Trump siblings. She had a successful judicial career, having been nominated to the US District Court in New Jersey by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and then to the US Court of Appeals (Third Circuit) by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Barry Trump eventually became an inactive judge in 2016 and retired in 2019, stepping away from the public eye during her brother’s presidency.
Reflecting on her relationship with her famous brother, Maryanne once remarked, “I knew better even as a child than to even attempt to compete with Donald. I wouldn’t have been able to win. He was building models when he was very young. Huge buildings.” This statement sheds light on her realization that her brother’s ambitions were on a different level altogether.
Before her legal career, Maryanne attended Mount Holyoke College and obtained her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1962. She later went on to marry David Desmond, with whom she had a son who would become a psychologist and humorist. After giving birth, Maryanne pursued law, attending Hofstra University and launching a successful career.
Her early years in the legal profession were marked by numerous accomplishments. She described her first job out of law school as “one of two women assistant US attorneys in an office of 63 US attorneys, and the first woman to do criminal work appearing only before male judges.”
In a tragic turn of events, Barry was widowed when her second husband, John Barry, an attorney who frequently handled cases for the Trump Organization, passed away in 2000. The loss of her spouse undoubtedly had a profound impact on her life.
Maryanne Trump Barry’s passing is a significant loss not only for the Trump family but also for the legal and judicial community. Her contributions to the judiciary and her pioneering spirit in the legal field will leave a lasting legacy. She will be remembered for her resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment to justice.
As the news of Maryanne Trump Barry’s death reverberates, tributes from around the world pour in, honoring her remarkable legacy and the impact she has had on the legal profession. While her physical presence may be gone, her spirit and enduring impact will continue to resonate for years to come.