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Wilson Clark "Bill" Barnes
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1930
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 2012
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA

Wilson Clark Barnes, Ph.D., AIA, AIC, FCIOB, of Marietta, GA and Pittsfield, MA, passed away at home in Pittsfield, on Sunday, September 9, 2012. "Bill" was born in Ferndale, Mich., on December 24, 1930, son of the late William and Jessie Barnes. He grew up in Pittsfield and graduated from Pittsfield High School. Bill graduated from the US Military Academy (1954) at West Point with a degree in Engineering. He also held an M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Architecture from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Construction Law from the University of Central England, U.K. Bill retired in June, 2012 from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., where he was a Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marilyn Burke Barnes, a son, Leon, Stepson Daniel Turner and his wife, Mary, Stepsons Robert Turner and Anthony Carnevale, a sister, Jessie Buck and her partner Dr. Mirrless Underwood. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Carol Burt and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marijane and Paul Brindle, five step grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bill distinguished himself as an officer in both active military service and in the reserves. At retirement, he held the rank of Colonel. It was in the field of architecture that he excelled, he was a registered architect in Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, the District of Columbia and Virginia. Bill was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Through these years, he served as a lecturer and adjunct professor and in 1989; he turned his attention to academics when he joined the faculty of the Department of Construction at Florida International University, in 1995, he moved to the Department of Construction at Southern Polytechnic University of Georgia and in 2001 he became the Dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management. Bill was recognized with many national distinctions and was called upon to speak nationally and internationally. His publications included numerous book chapters and research articles.
Following cremation, a private service and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. The DEVANNY-CONDRON Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made in Bill's memory to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St, Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA. 01201 or to the Bill Barnes Memorial Fund, and may be payable to Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation and mailed to the Office of Advancement, Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA.30060
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Public release from SPSU: Former dean of ACM remembered

Dr. Wilson (Bill) Barnes, who retired this past June as dean emeritus of the School of Architecture and Construction Management, passed away on Sun., Sept. 9, in Pittsfield, Mass.

Dr. Barnes joined the faculty of SPSU in 1995 as an associate professor of construction. Since then, Dr. Barnes had "remained a superior teacher and continued to show an extraordinary commitment to the university, and his focus on the professional development of his school was dynamic throughout his career," according to Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs.

In 1966, Dr. Barnes was appointed a research fellow in construction at Harvard College, where he earned a Master in Architecture in 1968. He enjoyed a lengthy career as an architect and engineer before his arrival at SPSU and won a merit award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Commendation for Design Excellence jointly awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Barnes was president of the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE), a national accreditation organization, in 2003-05 and had been a member of the ACCE Board of Trustees and Executive Committee since 1997. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 2010-11.

Dr. Barnes graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with a bachelor's degree in Engineering in 1954 and served in the U.S. military, retiring as a colonel in the Army Reserve and a member of the Legion of Merit. He had diplomas from the U.S. Army Command, General Staff College and from the National Defense University's National Security Management Program. He earned his Ph.D. in construction law and practice from the University of Central England in 2000.

Dr. Barnes was appointed as dean of what was then the School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management in July of 2001 and served in that capacity for 11 years. The school boasts the only nationally accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture in Georgia a five-year degree that includes two years of design foundation and three years of professional courses and one of the longest-running construction management (CM) programs in Georgia. The school also boasts some high-profile student competition teams, a fact illustrated by a huge victory this spring when CM students won the national Mechanical Contractors Association of America Student Chapter Competition.

He contributed chapters to three books, one of which has had its third edition published this summer. He also had numerous papers and research reports published and was invited to make dozens of presentations over the years.

"Bill's focus was always on the built environment, especially in the area of adaptive reuse," said Dr. Szafran. "When everyone was talking about tearing down Building I and replacing it with an engineering technology building, Bill had a different vision of adaptively reusing it as studio space. The I-1 and I-2 design studios on this campus are the result, with I-2 having won multiple awards and I-1's renovation scheduled for completion in a few weeks. That is a fine legacy."
Added by Roy Keck - Bill distinguished himself to the Georgia Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, serving as a judge in the annual project awards program. 
Note: West Point Military Academy Class of 1954; rank of Colonel in active and reserves
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Roy Keck
Record added: Oct 02, 2012
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Wilson Clark Bill Barnes
Added by: Roy Keck
Wilson Clark Bill Barnes
Added by: Roy Keck
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