JAMES CITY COUNTY - Norman F. Barka, Professor Emeritus College of William & Mary, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
Norman Barka became interested in archaeology as a child, decided on his career and followed that path his whole life. As a teen and young man he worked on many archaeological excavations in the mid-west, as well as Georgia, Mexico, Washington state, and Canada. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Beloit College and his Ph.D. at Harvard University. His career as tenured professor at the College of William and Mary lasted 39 years. He was a founding member of the Department of Anthropology and was instrumental in creating their Masters and Ph.D. programs in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology. He excavated many local sites in Virginia including The Poor Potter's site in Yorktown and Flowerdew Hundred in Surry County. He continued his career in the Caribbean and Bermuda leading archaeological field schools from 1981-2002, instructing many undergraduates and graduate students. He lived a rich and well-traveled life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sigrid Barka of Chicago. His first wife was Anne G. McBride who now lives in Seattle, Wash. They had three sons, Eric T. Barka of Redmond, Wash., Daniel J. Barka of Lanexa, Va., and David N. Barka of Barhamsville, Va. Daniel's wife is Michelle E. Barka and David's wife is Terri B. Barka. His grandchildren are Devin Fakner and Dale Barka. His wife of 28 years, Patricia Kandle, continues to live at their home in James City County. You may call on her with expressions of sympathy. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press on May 2, 2008