Harry Vollie "H.V." Barnard, age 91, passed away in Lawrence, Kansas on Thursday December 24, 2020.
Harry, better known as HV, was born on June 15, 1929, in Cottonville, Alabama to Percy and Marjorie Barnard. He spent his early years in north Alabama, an only child in a society experiencing rapid transformation. Due to the construction and operation of dams under the Tennessee Valley Authority, Cottonville was inundated to create Lake Guntersville, and the family moved to a farm between Hebron and New Hope.
HV’s horizons expanded as a result of new schools that accompanied the construction of Guntersville Dam. He attended Marshall County High School, Snead Junior College and Florence State Teachers College, now the University of North Alabama. While finishing college, he met Wanda Hyde, and the couple married on December 7, 1950.
After fulfilling his military service in Denver, CO, HV pursued his doctorate at the University of Alabama and worked as a high school teacher in Orlando, FL.
HV and Wanda built their life together and raised their sons Philip (b. 1951) and Timothy (b. 1963) in a series of different places.
In the 1950s, they moved to Washington DC, where HV worked as an aide to Alabama Congressman Carl Elliott, contributing to important legislation for the House Committee on Education and Labor. In 1960 they moved to New Jersey when HV became a Professor at Rutgers, before accepting a position in 1966 in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.
Beginning in the sixties, Harry and Wanda were both engaged in the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements. Through the 1980s, he was a Professor and administrator at Kentucky, while also working as a consultant for the State Department and USAID on projects involving international higher education. He retired to Columbia, MO in the early 1990s, and to Lawrence, KS in 2015.
HV was a well-travelled man. He visited every continent, often as part of his work, and he and Wanda lived in Indonesia for two years during the 1980s. He was fascinated with learning about other cultures and societies, and he enjoyed a wide range of experiences, from climbing to the top of the Great Pyramids of Giza to taking a boat up the Musi River in search of ancient Southeast Asian societies.
HV and Wanda cultivated a wide range of interests, acquaintances, and friends, including notable political figures, modern artists, musicians, writers, television stars, and trainers on thoroughbred farms. He continually explored new areas and fields, driven by his curiosity and interest in all peoples and places, and advocated for civil rights, equality, and peace.
In connection with his wide-ranging interests and scholarly work, he was extremely well read. A collector of books, he would bring his own lamp and lightbulbs on his trips to ensure that he could read deep into the night. The books ranged from pulp novels to philosophical religious tracts. It didn’t matter, as long as he could learn more. His hobbies and reading––ranging from collecting stamps, coins and knives to all of the printed works of Thomas Jefferson––often meant that he was the most knowledgeable person in the room, although he would always deny this possibility due to his gentle and humble nature.
While he ventured far from home, HV never forgot his roots in northern Alabama or his taste for skillet cornbread and country music. He was a lifelong subscriber to the Guntersville Advertiser-Gleam, even during his years in Indonesia, and likewise a lifelong friend of Guntersville High School classmate Sam Harvey, long-time editor of the paper.
HV published a memoir, “Honeysuckle Dreams” in serial form in the Advertiser-Gleam from February 8 to May 3, 2003. HV donated his Jefferson collection to the library of the University of North Alabama, and the Percy Barnard Collection of Native American artifacts, which his father had collected in Marshall County for over 40 years, to the Guntersville Museum. He and Wanda enthusiastically supported the local arts community in Guntersville.
HV is warmly remembered as a caring spouse, parent, and grandparent, who provided support and encouragement to his family and suggestions for recommended reading to family and friends alike. We valued his advice and appreciated his wry sense of humor. He accepted people in all their difference and encouraged others to pursue their interests.
He provided an example of self-sacrifice and devotion as caregiver for Wanda during her final years.
He is survived by his son Philip Barnard and daughter-in-law Cheryl Lester (Lawrence, KS); son Timothy Barnard and daughter-in-law Claudia Ting (Singapore); and granddaughter Julia Barnard and granddaughter-in-law Jordan Wade (Durham, NC). Harry and Wanda will be fondly remembered by the many people whose lives they touched, and we will miss them dearly.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, The Guntersville Museum, or a charity of your choice.