Barry M. Sholin

Barry M. Sholin of Ashburn, Virginia, died at 77 years old at home on April 25, 2021, after living with cancer for nine years. Born May 6, 1943 in Trenton, New Jersey, to Rose (Weis) and Harry Sholin, Barry was just about the tallest in the family by the time they moved to North Miami Beach in the early 1950s.

Barry graduated from North Miami Senior High and joined the U.S. Army, completing Airborne training and serving with the 8th Infantry Division in Mainz, Germany. Back in Florida, Barry began a career in real estate data, and a family. Over 50 years, he played every role in his field: aerial photographer, print shop boss, sales and marketing exec, buyer and seller of data, and more.

Barry and his first wife, Marilyn (Bunin), had two sons — Craig and Ryan. Barry and Ryan made father-son camping trips an annual highlight. Many bears were chased out of campsites across the western half of the continent. Barry lived in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, before retiring. Then, he followed his grandchildren to Rochester, New York, and Ashburn, Virginia.

Barry’s outdoor skills included hiking, backcountry camping, cross-country skiing, whitewater canoeing, horseback riding, and later in life, volunteering at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve and the Rust Nature Sanctuary in Loudoun.

In Virginia, he also found love, marrying Sally Mallison in 2019. The years Barry and Sally had together brightened the lives of all those around them. They became fixtures at the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington D.C. (IFFP), where his family attends religious services and Sunday School.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Harry, his son Craig, and his brother Jerry. Barry is survived by his wife, Sally Mallison, his son, Ryan Sholin, Ryan’s wife Veronica, and their children, Eliana and Gabriel, all residing in Ashburn, Virginia. He will be missed by the extended Sholin, Weis, Bunin, Mata-Bruni, and Mallison families, among many others.

A private memorial service will be held online. Please consider honoring Barry’s memory with a donation to the Sierra Club at or to Capital Caring Health at

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