Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dr. Glover W. Barnes died peacefully in his sleep at Virginia Mason Hospital on Dec. 20th, 2009

Dr. Glover W. Barnes

Glover died peacefully in his sleep at Virginia Mason Hospital on Dec. 20th, 2009 of complications from congestive heart failure. He was a strong but gentle, compassionate soul who was preceded in death by Miriam, his loving wife of 56 years and 2 younger brothers, Carson and Hershall. Born in poverty on Sept. 7th, 1923 in Birmingham, Alabama, he left the south to study Biology and Microbiology, earning a bachelor's degree in Biology at Akron University in Ohio in 1949. He then earned his Masters Degree in Biology and his PhD in Microbiology in 1956 and 1962, respectively at the State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. He has held several professional positions spanning over 5 decades beginning in 1955, including Assistant Cancer Research Scientist at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.; Consultant for the Urology Research Program at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo; Research Associate of Microbiology and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and Associate Professor and Lecturer of Urology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Washington. He became a tenured Professor at the University of Washington in 1976 and continued to serve in that capacity after Miriam's death on Feb. 6th, 2008. He also served on several committees; which included, during his 40 years at the University of Washington, the Committee for Encouragement and Recruitment of Minorities in Health Sciences (CERMIHS); Faculty Council on Community Services; Human Subjects Review and Policy; Vice-Chairman, Section A, Review Committee; Human Subjects Policy Board; and Black Faculty and Administrator's Organization (BFAO).

Recognized as a "Diversity Trailblazer," Dr. Barnes has served on many boards and commissions, focusing his activism on human and civil rights, health issues, public transit, neighborhood representation, and more. He was an officer of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Federation of Community Councils. He is survived by his two sons, Erik (Lisa) Barnes of Dallas, Texas; Noel (Nancy) Barnes of Renton, WA; grandchildren Ivan, Jalen and Zoey; sister Louise Wood Green and brother Ted of Akron, Ohio; brother Calvin of Decatur, Georgia and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his family and by those whose lives were touched and inspired by his way of encouraging people to better themselves. A memorial service in his honor will be held at Eastshore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 on January 23rd, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made with a donation to the charity of your choice in Glover's memory. You may rest in peace Dad; you're with Mother in eternity now.

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