Mark Barlow

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Barlow, Mark

Hanover, NH: Mark Barlow, who was Vice President for Student Affairs at Cornell during the 1969 take-over of the student union and later the Headmaster of St. Mark's School, died June 23 at the age of 87 in Hanover, NH. Born in Utica, NY in 1925, he graduated from Wesleyan University, Class of 1946, after serving in the Navy. He received an M.A. from Colgate University and a doctorate of education from Cornell University. He married Jane Atwood in 1954, and in 1957 he became Dean of Students at Wesleyan and later Dean of the University. He supported selected students who participated as Freedom Riders in the South during the civil rights era. He later served as a trustee at Wesleyan, and he received an alumni award in 1981 and a service award in 2011. In 1965 he returned to Cornell as Vice President for Student Affairs and subsequently became Vice Provost. During the tumultuous demonstrations in 1969 when African American students occupied the student union, Barlow was known for his ability to talk to students on both sides of the barricades. He became headmaster of St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA in 1979, where he was popular not only with students but also with faculty and alumni. During his tenure, application numbers increased greatly, and he led a successful capital campaign. The school community credited him with strengthening the school's reputation as an outstanding institution for educating students for lives of leadership and service. After his retirement in 1988, he spent a year in Cyprus accompanying his wife Jane who was studying Cypriot archaeology as a Fulbright scholar. A summer resident of Big Moose Lake, NY, with family ties there his whole life, he co-edited a history of that community, "Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks," published by Syracuse University Press. After moving to Kendal, a senior community in Hanover, NH in 2008, he volunteered in the Emergency Department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and later served on the board of volunteers there. He was an enthusiastic participant in the Dartmouth adult education program, particularly in a series of classes in constitutional law. At the time of his death from cancer, he had just completed a one-year term as president of the Kendal Residents Council. He is survived by his wife, Jane; his son, Andrew Barlow of Carlisle, MA; his daughters, Sarah Barlow and Libby Barlow of Houston, TX; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held August 25 at Kendal in Hanover, NH. If desired, gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in Mark Barlow's memory to the Cadbury Fund at Kendal in Hanover, or to student financial aid at Wesleyan University, care of Marcy Herlihy, 318 High Street, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH. To view an online obituary and/or send a message of condolence please go to

Published in Ithaca Journal on June 28, 2012
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