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Canadian history scholar Thomas G. Barnes dies

Canadian history scholar Thomas G. Barnes dies

Thomas Garden Barnes, a University of California, Berkeley history and law professor who led efforts to develop Canadian studies in the U.S., has died. He was 79.
Barnes died March 9 after suffering a stroke, the university said.
From 1982 to 2005, Barnes was co-chair of UC Berkeley's Canadian Studies Program and became co-director in 2006, the same year he retired from teaching.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Barnes helped increase understanding of Canada in the U.S. and had the ear of ambassadors and diplomats on both sides of the border.
"Tom was a once-in-a-generation scholar and visionary who witnessed decades of Canadian history and politics firsthand," Cannon said in a letter to the family following Barnes' death.
Barnes was born April 29, 1930, in Pittsburgh and served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1946 to 1949. He graduated from Harvard College in 1952 with a degree in history and received a doctorate in history from Oxford University in 1955.
He became a professor in history at Berkeley in 1967, and a professor of law in 1974, the school said.
Barnes's research included military history, early law in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, early Nova Scotia law and Tudor-Stuart English history.
A member of UC Berkeley's Reserve Officer Training Corps, Barnes was a charter member since 1976 of the faculty committee for the campus's ROTC program.
Barnes is survived by his wife, Jeanne Marie Barnes of Berkeley, two daughters and a son. A funeral mass was held on March 13 at St. Peter's Church in Oakland.


Updated : 2021-04-11 19:02 GMT+08:00