James Edward BARR

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BARR, James Edward

James E. Barr, age 70, of Sacramento County, died December 19, 2013. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 25, 1943 to Professor John A. and Mary Lou Barr. Jim graduated from Pioneer High School in San Jose in 1961. His college education was interrupted by the Vietnam War; Jim served in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1967. Upon his return to California, he earned an A.A. from De Anza College in 1967, then went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University, San Jose in 1973. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1974 to 1978 in a doctoral program and finished with an ABD. He then earned his Masters in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento in 1989.

Jim began his career as a part-time Psychology instructor at American River College; he ended up spending 21 years there as the Senior Research Analyst. He was active in many professional groups, including the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), for which he served on a number of accreditation teams. Jim was a widely respected professional, but he will be lovingly remembered for his ever-present smile and gentle humor.

Jim is survived by his wife Tamera, son Nicholas, daughter Kaycie, mother Mary Lou, brother John, and sisters Caroline and Nancy.

A celebration of Jim's life, including military honors, will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 1:00 p.m., at the Theater Building on the American River College campus (4700 College Oak Drive). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to The James Barr Scholarship Fund for Underprepared Students, in care of the American River College business office.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 12, 2014
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