I first met Dr. Barnes in Beijing, China when he gave a speech at China Agricultural University. I still remember the scene when Dr. and Mrs. Barnes picked me up at the airport in Austin in August, 2002, holding a sign with my name printed in Chinese, and that is when I first met Mrs. Barnes. Dr. Barnes introduced me to Dr. Kraemer, a well-known professor at Texas A&M. I have also spent time in their house several times during the summer. Dr. and Mrs. Barnes are a blessing in my life. I am so sad for the loss of two great people. They will be missed.