Tom Barnes & the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair

Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes, one of the founders of the Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley and one of its Co-Directors since its inception in 1982, died in 2010, just short of his eightieth birthday. 

We have received a number of wonderful tributes to Tom which we would like to share:

  • Tom's close friend and colleague in the Department of History, Sheldon Rothblatt, has written a memorial essay about Tom's life and career.
  • The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, has given permission for us to post his letter to Jeanne Marie Barnes.
  • Professor Emeritus Philip T. Spieth has written a remembrance of Tom focusing on his dedication to Military Affairs at Berkeley, here.
  • One of Tom's former students has created a Facebook page where messages and reminiscences about Tom may be posted. 

Tom was a wonderful man and a great scholar. He will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, students, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

The Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies

Tom Barnes and Nelson GraburnThe Thomas Garden Barnes Chair endowment was created to honor Tom Barnes. The endowment  supports regular programming, including public talks, seed money for faculty research, special symposia, and conferences on Canada.