Lowell Fred Barker (1912)


Birth18 Mar 1912 at North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Death21 Aug 2006 at Medford, Jackson, Oregon, USA

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Memories of Mother and My Early Life

Kenneth and I were born in a small house on our fruit ranch, which we called the "farm". My first memory of Mother is of a cultured, intelligent, beautiful woman trying to get her husband and children to use proper table manners.

Another early memory of Mother is her talking about the snow, the cold and the loneliness of living on the farm. Being a very social person, the isolation on the farm during the long winters was difficult for her. The church and store were well over a mile from the farm, and in those days there were no automobiles. The distance was too far to walk and carry a child. Whenever she wanted to go anywhere, she had to get Dad to harness the horse, hook it to the buggy or sleigh, and then usually he would take her rather than have her go alone. She wasn’t much of a tomboy and was always hesitant to go alone and drive the horse. Usually, it was inconvenient for Dad to help her or take her because he was always busy with the farm work and his many meetings. As a result, she felt stranded with the closest neighbors one-half mile away.

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Lowell Fred Barker (1912)

Dr. Lowell F. Barker, 94, of Medford, OR, founding president of Merced Community College in Merced, CA, died peacefully on August 21 at the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, OR, after a long illness caused by a stroke.

Dr. Barker was born in North Ogden, UT, on March 19, 1912, to Frederick and Della Hickenlooper Barker. He graduated from North Ogden High School in 1930, where he was student body president and star football, basketball and track athlete. He received an AA degree from Weber College in 1932, a BA from the University of Utah in 1934, an MA from Columbia Teacher’s College, New York City, in 1938, and a Doctorate in Education in 1955 from the University of

Southern California. He served in the United States Navy in World War II, including active duty as lieutenant and anti-submarine officer on a destroyer in the South Pacific. On January 26, 1937, he married Jeanet Manning in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were married nearly 58 years until her death in January, 1995. In December, 2002, he married Helen Hixson of Grants Pass, OR.

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