STANLEY ARTHUR BARBER

March 29, 1921—December 12, 2002

BY W. R. GARDNER AND WILLIAM MCFEE


STANLEY A. BARBER, J. B. Petersen Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, was born on March 29, 1921, in Wolesey, Saskatchewan. He grew up on a wheat and dairy farm in that western part of rural Canada. As a youth he attended a one-room school that had an attendance ranging from 20 to 25 students. After passing the first three years of high school by correspondence, Barber skipped a year to help with the family farm. He completed his high school studies by driving 20 miles each day to a school that had only three teachers for the four grades—assisting with the family farm all the while. After graduation he remained at home for two more years before following in the footsteps of his two older brothers and enrolling at the University of Sasakatchewan. During his time at Saskatchewan, which coincied with World War II, his schedule alternated farming in the summer with studying and training with the University Officer Training Corps during the winter. Barber majored in agriculture, taking the most advanced courses offered. He took, for example, Physics II from Gerhard Hersberg, a German who had immigrated to Canada and who was later to receive a Nobel Prize. Barber received his B.S. degree with J. W. T. Spinks, later the president of the university, who had returned from his war effort eager to



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