Richard Nearn Barnes

Richard Nearn Barnes

Richard Nearn Barnes

Richard Nearn Barnes, 88, loving husband for 60 years of Mary Elizabeth Barnes, went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2017. He was the fourth son of Wilbur and Helen Barnes. He was born on December 10, 1928 in Washington, DC.

His family moved to San Bernardino, CA when he was two years old and he went on to receive the A.B. degree in Zoology from U.C. Berkeley, the M.A. and P.H.D. degrees at U.C. Davis. While attending schools in California, he was employed for four summers by the U.S. Forest Service as part of a fire suppression team. After attending Berkeley, he served for two years in the U.S. Army. One of those years was spent in Korea. After military service, he was involved as a research assistant at U.C. Davis. Aquatic ecology (limnology) was of particular academic interest, including both freshwater and marine algae and freshwater fish.

Prior to moving to Berea in 1962, he taught at California State at Sacramento. He also taught summer courses at U.C. Davis and Donner Summit for the National Audubon Society. He served Berea College as a Biology Professor for thirty two years from 1962 to 1994 and as Department Chairman from 1986 to 1992. He was the recipient of the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Phi Kappa Phi Teacher of the Year Award and the Kentucky Outstanding Teacher Award.

Richard’s hobbies included: Hiking and nature field trips, performing amateur magic shows and he loved sharing jokes. In addition, he also learned 17 foreign languages.

Richard is survived by his wife and two daughters, Kathryn Turnbull of Berea and Marcia (Michael) McWilliams of Salvisa, KY and two grandchildren, Ariel (Tim) Miller of Frankfort, KY and Richard (Tamra Lutes) Turnbull of Covington, KY. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Brents, Bill and Bruce Barnes.

A Celebration of Life will be held December 9 at 2:00 pm at First Christian Church in Berea. With visitation and reception to follow in fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either First Christian Church 206 Chestnut Street. Berea, KY 40403 or the Richard Barnes Science Scholarship Fund at Berea College. C/O Berea College CPO 2216 Berea, KY 40404.

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