Robert D. Barnard '52 '55
Robert D. Barnard passed away on April 2, 2008. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1952, graduating summa cum laude, in what was then called Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Soon after, he was recalled to active duty in the Navy. Robert returned to Polytechnic after discharge and went on to receive his Master's Degree in 1955.
The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he taught in the Department of Engineering and received his PhD from Case Institute of Technology. Another move took his family to Detroit, Michigan where he taught at Wayne State University for over 30 years. He was a well respected professor of Electric Engineering and Computer Science. Over the years he received many grants in research.
Robert worked in research at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1959 to 1965 then returned to Wayne State. In 1977, for his sabbatical, he conducted collaborative research at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. He also consulted for Ford Motor Company in England in 1987.
Robert served as interim chair of the department before retiring in 1994 and was asked to return to serve again, teaching for many years before health issues claimed a permanent retirement. He had many fond memories of Polytechnic and many friends. He is missed by his wife, Jean, four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Many students keep in touch.