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Daniel "Dan" Thomas Barry[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Panama.

Originally placed on La Mina, Dan immediately befriended Terry Deitz based on flying backgrounds, and after the tribe switch, he was in an comfortable all-male alliance. However, after losing the last Immunity Challenge for his team, and with primary target Sally Schumann being on Exile Island, Dan was voted out for his weakness in challenges.


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Dan Barry was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but considers South Hadley, Massachusetts his hometown. He is a former astronaut who currently spends his time building robots for his own company, Denbar Robotics. Barry's work and research has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He has five patents and has had over 50 articles published in scientific journals.

For his work and accomplishments, Barry has received numerous special honors and awards over the years, including the 1971 McMullen Engineering Award, the 1984 Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from St. Louis University in 1996; the Vladimir Komarov Diploma from Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1998; an Honorary Life Membership from the United States Tennis Association in 1999, inclusion in the list of 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni of the 20th Century in 2001, and both the Paul J. Corcoran Award from Harvard Medical School and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Beloit College in 2003.

Barry is a member of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Sigma Xi (a scientific group), Association of Space Explorers and the United States Tennis Association.

In 1971, Barry graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. In 1975, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. In 1977, he received a master of engineering degree and a Master of Arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University. In 1980, he received a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science, also from Princeton. In 1982, he received a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami. In 1985, Barry completed an internship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan. He was then appointed by the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program. He spent the summers of 1985-1987 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, working in skeletal muscle physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Barry was offered tenure at the University of Michigan in 1992. At the same time, he was selected by NASA to train at the Johnson Space Center and opted to relocate to Texas. He completed one year of training and qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. A veteran of three space flights, Barry has logged over 734 hours in space, including four space walks. He retired from NASA in April, 2005.

Barry currently lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts with his wife of 24 years, Sue. They have two children, Jenny and Andy, and one dog, Windy. He enjoys flying, tennis, sailing, ultimate Frisbee and running. His birth date is December 30, 1953.[2]


Dan began the game on the La Mina tribe with his fellow older men Shane Powers, Terry Deitz, and Bruce Kanegai. Terry won the first Reward Challenge for the tribe, giving them flint. Immediately, Dan approached Terry about forming an alliance with him and promising to never lie to each other. Dan also told Terry that he was an astronaut who flew in space, and Terry told him about his flight career in the military, strengthening their bond. La Mina won immunity, and then the four tribes were dissolved. Dan was chosen to be on La Mina once again by Ruth Marie Milliman. The new La Mina tribe consisted of Nick Stanbury, Austin Carty, Misty Giles, Sally Schumann, Ruth Marie, Terry, and Dan. They won the first two-tribe Immunity Challenge, and Terry and Dan expanded their alliance to include Austin and Nick, forming a majority over the women.

La Mina lost the third Immunity Challenge. Misty and Sally approached Austin and Nick about voting with them to get rid of Ruth Marie, while Terry and Dan wanted to vote off Misty for being very strategic. In the end, Dan and Terry got their way when Misty was voted off. Dan told the guys that he thought there should be a fifth person in the alliance. He talked to Ruth Marie about joining and she accepted. However, Nick and Austin wanted Sally instead, since she was seen as stronger than Ruth Marie. After La Mina lost immunity, Terry sided with Austin and Nick to vote Ruth Marie out, which upset Dan.

La Mina won the following Immunity Challenge, and Dan felt very comfortable with his Men's alliance, revealing his astronaut past to Nick and Austin, impressing them. At the final tribal Immunity Challenge, the winning tribe got to send one person from the losing tribe to Exile Island, who would also be safe from the vote. Despite an early lead from La Mina, Dan struggled with the puzzle at the end. Casaya won the challenge and sent Sally, the only woman on La Mina, to Exile Island. They suspected a male alliance, and were correct in their assumption. Back at camp with the guys' alliance forced to turn on each other, Nick and Austin broke the news to Dan that they were targeting him for the strength of the tribe and for his struggles at the challenge. Dan hoped that his close ally Terry would at least force a 2-2 tie, but he opted not to. Instead, Dan was voted out 3-1, but was given a fond farewell from his allies.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 La Mina Skull Crush Reward Yes 1st
4x4 Immunity No 2nd
2 A Reptile Dysfunction Reward No Won
Anchor Management Immunity No Won
3 Cross Fire Reward No Won
Battle Dig Immunity No Lost
4 Puzzle Paranoia Reward No Lost
Sea Level, Tree Level Immunity No Lost
5 For Cod's Sake Reward No Lost
Buried at Sea Immunity No Won
6 In-Cog-Neato Reward/Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 15

Episode Dan's
Voted Against
1 La Mina Tribe Immune
2 La Mina Tribe Immune
3 Misty -
4 Sally -
5 La Mina Tribe Immune
6 Austin Austin,
Nick, Terry
Voted Out, Day 15


  • Dan competed in Season 2 of ABC's Battlebots, captaining the robot Black Ice.[3]


  • Dan was the only original La Mina member to not make the merge.
  • Upon him being voted out of the game, his former tribemates saluted him.
  • Dan is the first and only castaway that has been an astronaut.


Survivor: Panama Castaways
S12 aras t
S12 austin t
S12 bobby t
La Mina
S12 bruce t
S12 cirie t
S12 courtney t
La Mina
S12 dan t
S12 danielle t
S12 melinda t
S12 misty t
S12 nick t
 Ruth Marie
S12 ruthmarie t
S12 sally t
La Mina
S12 shane t
La Mina
S12 terry t
S12 tina t