Sympathies to the family on the loss of a fine man. I just lost my Mom in May. I remember Mr. Barger being so in love with his teaching and military background. He taught math using running laps around a field as an example. Sorry I made you so mad :-)I turned out better then I acted in HS. Rest in peace.
I remember being worried about the Colonel catching us during senior hook days... but I also remember him telling me to consider following my father's footsteps and serving my country. That was excellent advice sir. U.S. Army Retired - Class of 1985.
RIP Col. Barger. It was an honor and privileged to know such a great man. May God bless the family during this time of sorrow. Sincere condolences to Gayle and Fried.
Col Barger was a wonderful man. I am blessed to have known him. It was a treat to read so many wonderful things about his life that I never knew in his obituary. -David J Stagliano AHS class of '85.
I was out of town when Mr. Barger passed away and have just seen the guest book. I worked with Mr. Barger at AHS, he was a wonderful person. I know the students and everyone respected him. My sympathy to his family.
I taught with Don Barger at Arundel High School starting in 1986. I fondly remember how he cared about students and teachers and treated all fairly. Education needs more heroes like Don! RIP
When youthful ones speak
Such elegance of the aged
The message rings loud
From the heart
From the soul
Of tales often told
Of those who cared
And gave their all
For this Don Barger
You are standing tall
As You Rest in Peace
Claude Lee Martin
Assisted Living Ingleside King Farm Maryland
May the Barger and the extended family from comfort from the many memories they have shared with The Colonel and the comfort in knowing that his love will be forever surrounding them all.
Don was a wonderful man and a great friend and neighbor at Vista Palms. We always enjoyed talking with him after he swam his lapse in the pool. Mary and family, please accept our condolences on your loss. May your many wonderful memories comfort you during this time.
Don "The Colonel" and his lovely wife Mary have been my next door neighbors for the past thirty two years. The Colonel was a great guy with a great sense of humor. He teased me because I earned three degrees but never got past E-5 in the Army reserve. " That's a disgrace" he told me. My mother always told me that you could not put a price on a good friend or neighbor. Don and Mary were both. I used to salute the Colonel no matter what he was doing even riding his lawnmower and holding the salute until he would return the salute. He jokingly told me that he apprecited the fact that I always treated an officer with respect. He used to mow part of my lawn becasuse my mowing did not meet his standard. I rewarded him with a case of Heineken at Christmas and tomatoes from my organic garden. My mother also ended her time on earth on dialysis... a REAL ordeal. Don handled this with courage and dignity.. that was his style. He told me that as a parent we should expect more from our children than ourselves. He did succeeed at this. Col. Don " You WILL rest in peace, That's an order sir!!" Dr Ken Hatch Annapolis, Maryland
Don " The Colonel" and his lovely wife,Mary were ny next door neighbors for 32 years. Mu mother always told me that " You can't put a price on a good friend or neighbor" They were both. The Colonel had a great sense of humot. I would ALWAYS salute him even if he was on his riding lawn mower and wait for him to return same. He jokingly told me that he liked me because I treated a commissioned officer with respect. My mother was also a dialysis patient. A real ordeal . Don was tough and handled it well. I used to put his paper on his porch.. he always appreciated those little things. Rest in Peace Col. Don.. that's an order sir!! Dr Ken Hatch Annapolis,MD.
I graduated from Arundel High School, and I remember one afternoon, leaving school and it was raining. Mr. Barger offered to walk down to my bus with me since he had an umbrella, which I took him up on. I always remembered that small act of kindness. I also remember when another administrator, Midgie Sledge would be approaching, and Mr. Barger would say "Here comes Sister Sledge!" I had to laugh at that. He was a decent man. Rest in Peace, Mr. Barger, and enjoy being in heaven.
The Colonel and I had frequent exchanges during my Senior year at Arundel (Class of '84). I think he enjoyed them as much as I did...and I still tell stories about them.
Thank you, Col. Barger, for caring.
Thank you all so much for your love and memories. It means so much to his family. Dad truly was a "brick", solid in what he undertook. He set his heart to encourage others, treating others the way he would want to be treated. I believe the deep ability he possessed to encourage was a gift from his God, as was his care in teaching. These two gifts strengthened each other, so too speak, and came out as blessings for those he served.
Some of my favorite memories begin with "Remember that time the Colonel....." and it always ended with him busting me for something...I smile remembering how fair he was and how much he affected my actions as I moved through life. Those who got to know him even for a short stop on the way were very lucky.
WOW....that about sums it up! I only had him in my life for a short time. But reading all these condolences have given me a bigger picture of the fine human being the Colonel was and how much he meant to so many peoply. What a great legacy he leaves! I am in awe.
I too am an alum of Arundel and will always remember Col. Barger patrolling the parking lot. He got great satisfaction by keeping us all headed in the right direction. Kind and fair are perfect words to describe him. RIP Colonel. Condolences to his family.
Thank you Mr. Barger for all you taught and lessons learned. Your encouragement and guidance inspired me to earn a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as Masters Degree in School Administration. You were and still will be an inspiration to all. God's Peace.
Nancy (Spear) Hans, Arundel Class of 1975
I remember Col. Barger fondly while attending Arundel (class of 86). I picture him standing in the parking lot checking for parking stickers as we drove in. He will be missed by many. RIP Col. Barger.
Arundel Class of '86, and I remember Colonel Barger walking the halls making sure all students were headed to their next class on time, RIP Sir!
As a member of the class of '78, I fondly remember Mr. Barger. He was an excellent teacher, guidance counselor, and a good friend to have at school. He always had kind things to say and I always felt good after speaking with him. They don't make them like this anymore. Colonel, God Bless you and your family during this time. Rest In Peace.....
Colonel Barger is one of the greatest people I've ever known. He truly cared and looked after his students at Arundel. I consider myself a very lucky person for being a student of his. He made every student a better person. If only there were more people like Colonel Barger. The world has lost a great man. God speed Colonel.
You'll be missed Don!
An impressive legacy touching an infinite amount of people over his lifetime. RIP Colonel
As a teacher at Arundel for 20 years, I always knew that I could depend on Don Barger for support and encouragment. He was a great administrator and a loyal supporter for Arundel. "Ave atque vale" hail and farewell.
Pat Maddox White. English Dept Chair 1960 to 1980's
You made a difference in all the lives you touched. Rest easy Colonel Barger. Class of 1984
Colonel Barger, I hope you are smiling on all of us that knew you at Arundel. We all remember only the best faculty, from Arundel High. You were always at the top of everyone's list. You will be missed by many.
Whether it was the weather, fire regulations, my own problems, concerns about students and sometimes colleagues, current events, philosophy, sports, religion, or his going to his grandson's bar mitzvah in Cleveland, I will always treasure my conversations with the Colonel as a colleague at AHS over the 15 or so years we were there together. Showing a genuine concern for everyone he was in contact with, he never tired of talking with and helping people, myself included.
My parents knew him as Colonel Barger (Dad was an MP, later CID, Mom was his secretary for a short time) but to me he was Mr. Barger. Many of my fondest memories from Arundel include Mr. Barger. The last tour my Dad took with the army was an unaccompanied tour when I was in High School. Mr. Barger constantly checked on me, made sure I was doing okay with my father gone. My senior year of high school I had the pleasure of being his aid first period. His guidance, patience and at times much needed stern words molded me into the woman I am today.
He was such an amazing man and I will always love and remember him.
My condolences and deepest sympahty to the Barger family.
I don't know you, but my father, Colonel William G. Mayo died 3.5 years ago. He was also known as "The Colonel" among his many friends and loved ones. I just wanted to tell you what a fabulously written tribute to your father and I know you will miss him as much as I miss my father. Sincerely, Cynthia Violette, Columbia, MD
So heartwarming to read everyone's kind words. What a gift for my children to have known their Great Grandfather! We'll miss you dearly, Pop!
Colnel Barger was a great man and wonderful administrator. He helped make Arundel the wonderful school it is today with his patient and compassionate leadership. You always knew that Colnel Barger cared. His example is one of the reasons I went into education myself. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Rest In Peace Colonel Barger
Class Of 1985
Colonel Barger was a humble man who truly cared about the students at Arundel. We all knew he served in the military, but never knew all that he had accomplished. What an amazing life! He will be missed but always remembered.
To all the Badger family my most sincere condolences and to Gayle and Fried you stood strong and caring through some difficult years. Gayle you kept a smile when it was to the point of exhaustion and Fried you are a real hero for all the unending support you gave your in-laws and wife.
The Colonel is surely no longer in pain and my utmost sorrow for your mother Mary. May the passing time change tears into smiles as your memories are of all the wonderful things your father and mother did in your life with them.
God's grace on all of you!
the comments from AHS students really do confirm how fulfilling being a math teacher and school administrator was to our dad. while he loved the Army he loved his students more. thank you AHS students for your thoughts of comfort
I remember Mr. Barger from when I attened Arundel Sr. He always had a smile my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
I was in the Class of '79 and my fondest memory of Col. Barger was when he would come on the PA system and say, "This is your Fire Marshall." At every reunion, I always imitate Col. Barger saying that, and we all laugh at the memory. In reading the obituary of Col. Barger, I am filled with admiration for his wife and family - what a wonderful group you all are, and you truly have lost a precious loved one. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
I graduated from Arundel in 1981, and I remember the Colonel. My condolences to the family.
As one of his children, it is great to read the guest book and see how many lives dad touched in a positive way at AHS. I remember many times when I was with him, at the mall, or walking down the street, that a former student would walk up and warmly greet and thank dad for what he had done and the influence he had been. Thanks to all of you for your comments; you have given something special to our family as we read these.
We both loved seeing the Col. every morning, in the parking lot of Arundel. He was a great administrator, we were lucky to have him as part of our educational experience. Rest in Peace Col.
Scott & Shannon (Riffle)Pedersen Class of 1988.
It was a privledge to know the Colonel at Arundel Senior High. May God bless the family during this time of sorrow. Class of 1980
as one of his children, and two of whom graduated from Arundel High School (I in 1973, my oldest brother in 1961)it is gratifying to read the comments of so many who got to know him at Arundel. You warm my heart. Thanks very much. The picture in the photo gallery is great.
I was a student at Arundel Senior High (81) and I just loved Mr. Barger. One day I got in trouble for going to McDonalds for lunch. Mind you, we didn't have an open lunch. Well, Mr. Barger caught me and a few of my friends returning to school within the lunch break. He told us to hurry onto class and next time we did it to at least bring him something back. Needless to say, I never did it again because I was so scared of getting in trouble. He always had a smile on his face and never spoke down to the students. His family should be so proud of what a gentleman he was and how students really respected him. Rest in Peace Mr. Barger.
Colonel Barger and his great sense of humor will be missed. It was an honor and a privilege to know you.
I wish I could have said thanks Mr. Barger. I was very fortunate to have you as my Asst Pr. @ Arundel...
I am overwhelmed by the love and respect shown here for my Grandfather. I know he touched a countless number of lives during his time with us and he frequently talked about the special relationships he had with so many of his students and colleagues from Arundel. Thanks for all the kind words and rest assured "The Colonel" is smiling right now as he looks down from Heaven!
Well done, Sir. Thank you for your service to so many. From a now distant AHS graduate and one of the kids in the neighborhood. We turned out okay.
What a great and fair man! My favorite math teacher!
Rest well Colonel Barger. I will never forget my days at Arundel - you were an integral part of a great high school experience!
I was a secretary at Arundel when he was there. We all loved him dearly. He was such a special man and I will never forget him.
Godspeed My Dear Colonel
I had the privelege of being this man's dialysis nurse. He kept a positive outlook not matter what he was dealing with. I am a better person for knowing him.
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through. I only knew your father through you and our everyday conversations. He was an outstanding individual and proud to meet him at the Gallery. Gayle we'll see you when you return to the office. FRED
RIP Col. Barger. I am grateful to have been a student at AHS while he was assistant principal. I still remember his honking horn during morning announcements. I know he will be missed by many.
A great man who meant a lot to all of us at Arundel. Prayers are with your family.
What a wonderful man, and truly an Arundel icon. Touched the lives of so many. May you rest in peace, knowing how much you were cherised......
May you have peace. Our prayers are for your family.
I attended AHS and the Colonel made empty the garbage cans in the student parking lot which I deserved. What a gentleman that I highly respected. Mr Barger taught good life long lessons that i will never forget. RIP sir.
Deepest sympathy to the Barger Family. Colonel Barger was a icon and mentor for many students in his years at Arundel. He will be greatly missed.
Gods blessings to the Barger family, Col. Barger was an amazing man, with a great heart, as a ASHS class of 91 grad it was nice seeing him walking the halls. I found him to be kind & fair and he didn't talk down to the students, he will be missed.
It must be reassuring to know how many young lives your dad/husband/grandpa shaped as a teacher, administrator, mentor and most importantly for many a friend. Thank God for a life well lived. Prayers are with your family at this time!
He loved us Arundel kids, and we loved and most of all respected him! He will be missed. The Colonel was just flat-out awesome.
The end of an era! He has left a wonderful legyacy especially for those of us who knew him thru AHS. There was no getting past Col. Barger wo/ that parking sticker...lol So glad to have shared in some memories of a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
I attended Arundel SR. when Colonel Barger was the Assistant Principal. I was fortunate to see him every once in a while at the bank. He always came in with a smile knowing I had gone to Arundel.
Colonel... You were a true gentleman who was greatly reapected by the students at AHS... Rest in peace, Sir.
God bless you.
RIP Colonel! From an old Arundel alumni!
I remember Mr. Barger very well. I always sensed there was something super interesting about this wonderful gentleman, but I could never put my finger on it. I'm glad I had the chance to know him and learn from him.
Mr. Barger was both My guidance counselor and teacher as well as My vice principal at Arundel. But more important , He became My friend.I would stop in His office to see him between classes, just to say "Hi", and He enjoyed seeing Me. Can't tell You how much that meant to Me both then and now. My thought and prayers are with His family in this difficult time. But I have to admit , I'm smiling right now , as I write this, because He called Me his Friend. Eric Werner , class of 79' , Arundel Sr. High
I went to Arundel and come from a military family. He was always firm yet fair as only someone with a military background could. He will be missed.
I remember Don on Colony Ridge and riding bikes past his home and then going to Arundel High. He was always friendly and willing to help a hand. He was very kind to my handicapped brother, Arnold. A well remembered teacher, neighbor and friend.
Yes, I would have eventually graduated Arundel High School, but I graduated on time, because of Colonel Barger. I thank him, and may he Rest in Peace.
Incredible life for an incredible man!
What a wonderful man. I had the honor of having him as a math teacher, and later an Assistant Principal at my school. He achieved the near impossible feat of taking someone who thought she'd never succeed in that subject, and having me come through with a high B. His sense of spirit and encouragement were wonderful and made all the difference. Back then, I had little knowledge of his past achievements as a member of "the Greatest Generation". Just reading your loving obituary has been enlightening and touching. It's wonderful to learn now that he had such a loving and devoted family. My sincere condolences to you all. He is remembered fondly by so many that he taught and led at Arundel High School.