Barry Bingham



Mary Ann and Barry have five children:  Susan who is married to Mike Steimley and lives in nearby Dardienne Prairie, Dave who is married to Niki and lives in University City, Steve who lives in Chicago, Doug who lives in Springfield, Missouri, and Dan who lives in Creve Coeur.


Mary Ann and Barry live about half the year at 9100 feet in Frisco, Colorado near the Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, and Vail ski resorts.  They enjoy skiing and cross country skiing in the winter, and a range of activities in the high-country summer from biking to kayaking to hiking to gardening.


Mary Ann retired from teaching math and computer science at Lafayette High School in the Rockwood School District (west St. Louis County).  She led the Rockwood District Robotics team for five years where high school students built a competitive robot.  She was active as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader serving a Troop Committee Chair for Troop 677 in Ellisville.   She served nine years as an elected Alderman for the City of Clarkson Valley.


Barry retired from Monsanto Company after 32 years in Human Resources where he served 7 years as Director of Human Resources for the Monsanto Agricultural Products Company and 14 years in Corporate Human Resources Compensation.  He served 4 years on the Board of Directors for the American Compensation Association (ACA) and 10 years as a faculty member for the ACA.


Following retirement, Barry completed the Master Wood Working Program at the American Wood Working Academy (see   This program taught fine wood working to create furniture with over 700 hours of instruction and work on the woodshop floor.  The final project was a roll top desk.


At Heritage of Hawk Ridge, Barry has built a 970 square foot wood shop in his home.  You can see pictures of the shop at “Member Shops” on the left side of this page.  This shop has been used by the HHR Wood Working Club to make the clubhouse podium and coat racks.


Also following retirement, Barry began attending a one-week wood carving seminar each March for six years at Silver Dollar City, studying under a different instructor each year.  See pictures of wood carvings at “Wood Carving” on the left side of this page.


Barry is active in the Boy Scouts of America where he has served as Scoutmaster of Troop 677 in Ellisville, Missouri, New Horizons District Training Director, Wood Badge Course Director, six years on the Wood Badge staff, Scoutmaster for the 2001 National Jamboree, Contingent Leader responsible for five Troops attending the 2005 National Jamboree, Scoutmaster for the 2007 World Scout Jamboree in England, and five times on the faculty of the Philmont Training Center (Cimarron, New Mexico) and one time on the faculty at the Florida Sea Base (in the Florida Keys).  He is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and has received the Silver Beaver (the highest Council award to a volunteer), and the Silver Antelope (the highest Regional award to a volunteer where one is given per year for every 30,000 adult volunteers).  He is currently Chair of Training for Area 3 (12 Councils – one of which is the Greater St. Louis Area Council) in the Central Region of the USA.


Barry has published two family history books:  The Descendants of James Bingham of County Down, Northern Ireland (549 pages, Gateway Press:  1980), and The Descendants of Jonas Ingram and Melinda Butler (649 pages, Gateway Press:  1991).



 Back to Members