The loss of a builder

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Former U of R president and vice-chancellor Lloyd Barber dies at the age of 79

Martin Weaver
News Editor

Former University of Regina president and vice-chancellor Lloyd Barber passed away Friday Sept., 17, 2011 in his sleep at the age of 79.

Barber, who was originally from Regina, served as the university’s second president and vice-chancellor from 1976 until 1990 during a critical period in the institution’s history and helped the U of R gain national recognition. During his time in office, enrollment nearly tripled.

Barber first got his B.A. of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, then got his MBA at the University of California, finally earning his PhD. at the University of Washington.

Among some of his accomplishments on campus, Barber helped pioneer Aboriginal education, along with build relationships with the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now known as First Nations University of Canada).

In his time, he also was responsible for building relationships with Chinese institutions, which later resulted in agreements.

“We have lost a valued visionary, founder, leader, colleague, and dear friend of this campus,” wrote current U of R president and vice-chancellor Vianne Timmons in a statement. “We will continue to honour his contributions throughout our lifetime.”

Barber was an active member of the community, doing work for the Red Cross and the United Way and was an active advocate for Aboriginal rights among other contributions.

A service is scheduled for Barber at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sports on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the foyer.

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