REGINA, Sept. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - University of Regina President Emeritus
Dr. Lloyd Barber, CC, SOM, died on Friday, September 16, 2011 in
(Regina, Saskatchewan) at the age of 79.
Barber became the second president and vice-chancellor of the University
of Regina in 1976, holding the office until 1990. He provided
leadership during the University's critical formative period.
"We deeply mourn the passing of Dr. Barber," said University of Regina
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.
"We have lost a valued visionary, founder, leader, colleague and dear
friend of this campus. We will continue to honour his contributions
throughout our lifetime."
Barber is remembered for producing, in 1977, his Future Directions
paper, which identified niche opportunities for the University to
expand its programs and services to tackle the challenges of the day -
dropping enrolment and budget crises.
By the time he left office in 1990, enrolment had nearly tripled and the
University was making itself known and useful to a broader national and
Two other initiatives during Barber's leadership had profound and
lasting effects on the University.
In 1976 the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) - now the First
Nations University of Canada - entered into a joint venture with the
Barber is credited for leading the University of Regina, in partnership
with SIFC, to become a pioneer in Aboriginal education, a relationship
that continues today.
The second initiative was a U of R delegation to China in 1981, led by
Barber. The trip became the basis for agreements, visits and exchanges
between the University and Chinese institutions over the past 30 years.
Barber's community involvement has included many areas of service such
as the Canadian Red Cross, the Regina United Way and Honorary Lt.
Colonel in 16 Service Battalion in Regina. He has held positions as
professor of commerce with the University of Saskatchewan from 1955 to
1976, was a member of the Northwest Territories Council from 1967 to
1970, was federal Indian Claims Commissioner from1969 to 1977, and was
negotiator for treaty land entitlement in Saskatchewan on behalf of 27
His economic and financial knowledge have made him a respected and
sought-after advisor to governments and a board member for a wide
variety of national corporations.
Barber's leadership and contributions to society have been widely
recognized at the highest levels. He was made an honorary Saskatchewan
Indian Chief in 1980 and received the Aboriginal Order of Canada in
1985. Barber was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and
received the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of
Canada in 1979. In 1993, he was promoted to Companion of the Order of
Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. That same year, he
received an honorary degree from the University of Regina and in 1995
he was invested as a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit,
Saskatchewan's highest honour.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 8, 1932, Barber was educated at
the University of Saskatchewan (BA/BComm), the University of California
in Berkeley (MBA), and the University of Washington (PhD).
Several University of Regina scholarships have been named in his honour
including the Dr. Lloyd Barber Cougar Men's Hockey Athletic Award and
the Dr. Lloyd Barber Scholarships for Aboriginal students studying
Barber was married to Duna for 55 years, and had six children, 27
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 22 at 2 p.m. in the
University of Regina Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport main
gymnasium. A reception will follow in the foyer.
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SOURCE University of Regina, External Relations
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