Ernest Bozenhard Barker
Former long-time faculty member of The Gilbert School, from 1974 – 1999, Ernest Barker taught, art, crafts and supervised activities such as Raku Pottery, the Art Club and the Guitar Club. He contributed much to the intellectual growth of many young students and consistently expressed support for the school and its philosophy.
Mr. Barker’s retirement from Gilbert allowed him to pursue his passion to investigate and create. He was a sculptor, painter, potter, wrote three books, and lectured as his ancestor, Frederick Lucas, who served during the Civil War. He also owned the Artists’ Path gallery.
After his passing, many of Mr. B’s former students and former colleagues expressed their thoughts on what a talented, caring, and inspirational teacher he was, as well as a warm and generous man.
He was a kind and caring gentleman. I know that he was beloved at Gilbert, yet I met him in his “retirement” years, as he thrived as an artist and history writer. Sending heartfelt sympathy to his family, whom he held so dear. Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, ‘73
I was just thinking of him recently. As an artist and teacher now for 30+ years, I can say he was a model of bringing humanity and wonder to the world. Jim Langer, ‘82