Matt Matravers emails and asks me to post for CT readers:
Many of you posted very kind and moving messages about Brian Barry when he died. If you knew Brian in the last many years, then you knew Brian and Anni. Since I don’t have any way of contacting people individually, I am posting this. I hope readers will forgive the impersonal nature of the contact.
I learnt today (Thursday) that Anni died overnight at home. She had been feeling unwell with what she thought was a ‘chest infection’. The doctors diagnosed pneumonia and pressed her to go into hospital yesterday, but she resisted saying that she, in any case, was feeling a bit better. A neighbour found her this morning.
I do not have any further details, but I’ll do my best to inform people when I do. Anni was a lovely person, a force of nature, and something special.
Very sad news indeed. I remember visiting Anni and Brian at their flat near the British Museum. There was a great atmosphere, fine conversation, and lots of opera.
UPDATE: The following announcement will appear in the Guardian:
Anni Barry (Anni Parker) of Bury Place, London died peacefully in her sleep on 3rd December 2009 after a short illness.
Her funeral will take place at 2pm on Monday 21st December in the West Chapel at Golders Green Crematorium.