John Barlow (entomologist)
November 27, 1872|
Amenia, New York
|Died||November 26, 1944(aged 71)|
|Occupation||Entomologist, college administrator|
|Parents||Henry Barlow and Helen Cythera (Benton) Barlow|
John Barlow (November 27, 1872 – November 26, 1944) was an entomologist and college administrator. He served 35 years as chairman of the Zoology Department of Rhode Island State College and served twice (1930–31 and 1940–41) as interim president of the college.
Early life and education
John Barlow was born in Amenia, New York on 27 November 1872 to Henry Barlow and Helen Cythera (Benton) Barlow. He studied biology at Middlebury College, earning a B.A. degree in 1895, and he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa that same year. He earned his M.A. in Biology from Brown University in 1896. After several years of teaching and research, he was awarded D.Sc. degree from Middlebury College in 1932.
After a short stint as an assistant biologist at the Rhode Island Agricultural Experiment Station in 1897-98, Barlow assumed a faculty position teaching biology at Fairmount College in Wichita, Kansas from 1898-1901. Barlow returned to Kingston, Rhode Island to stay in 1902 when he accepted the positions of Professor of Zoology and chairman of the Department of Zoology at the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. He remained as chairman of the Zoology Department for over thirty-five years. He was a respected entomologist who had built up the entomological collections of the college and was known to his students as "Buggy Barlow". In 1930, he was named Vice-President and Dean of Men. In 1931, he added the title of Dean of the School of Science and Business to his portfolio. During this period, he was appointed to serve two terms as interim president from April, 1930 through March, 1931 and again from March, 1940 through October 1941. Barlow officially retired from the college on his seventieth birthday, November 27, 1942, and he died on 26 November 1944 at Baptist Hospital in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Family and legacy
Barlow was married to Caroline Miller Barlow (1891-1979) and his son, John Peleg Barlow (1918–1985) was an oceanographer at Cornell University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Barlow Hall, a residence hall on the campus of the University of Rhode Island was named for Barlow.
- "Henry Barlow Descendants". Roots Web. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- John Barlow retirement proclamation November 27, 1942, John Barlow Personnel file, University of Rhode Island Special Collections.
- "Barlow and Browning Papers". University of Rhode Island Special Collections. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "John Peleg Barlow Biography". Cornell University. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- Dr. John Barlow Obituary: New York Times 27 November 1944.
- "University of Rhode island Residence Halls". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 4 December 2011.