Maryanne Trump Bar­ry, 1937–2023

Even if the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion had turned out dif­fer­ent­ly — if, say, Don­ald Trump had been best­ed in the pri­maries and Sen. Mar­co Rubio (R‑FL) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R‑TX) had squared off against Hillary Clin­ton — it is like­ly that the sis­ter of the even­tu­al 45th pres­i­dent would still be fea­tured in this space. Whether or not her broth­er had ever become pres­i­dent, Maryanne Trump Bar­ry was a woman of sub­stance, achieve­ment, and con­ser­v­a­tive tem­pera­ment and intel­lect.
Bar­ry, who died on Nov. 13 at age 86, was an assis­tant Unit­ed States attor­ney, a judge on the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of New Jer­sey, and an appel­late judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Cir­cuit. Like the recent­ly depart­ed James L. Buck­ley, the U.S. sen­a­tor and appel­late judge who hap­pened to be broth­er to William F. Buck­ley, Bar­ry had the advan­tages and the bag­gage of hav­ing a famous and con­tro­ver­sial pub­lic sib­ling, but also like James Buck­ley, Bar­ry could point to her dis­tinct accom­plish­ments.