Peter Charles Barnard ’50

Peter Charles Barnard ’50 died on January 22, 2005, in Scarborough, Maine.

Born on May 16, 1925, in Cleveland, OH, he prepared for college at Cleveland Heights High School and during World War II served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, attaining the rank of seaman second class. After the war, he entered Bowdoin and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Following his graduation in 1950, he was a member of the faculty at the University School for Boys in Shaker Heights, OH, from 1951 to 1957, and in 1954 received a master of arts degree in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont. From 1957 until 1966, he was an administrative assistant and then the alumni secretary at Bowdoin. After teaching for a year at Westbrook Junior College, he became director of development at Pine Manor Junior College in Chestnut Hill, MA. In 1973, he became the first director of development at Maine Medical Center in Portland, a position that he held until his retirement in 1990. From 1977 to 1991, he was secretary of Bowdoin’s Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Overseers. He was a trustee of the Maine Historical Society, Waynflete School, and Greater Portland Landmarks, was a corporator of Maine Medical Center, and was president of the Portland Rotary Club, the Torch Club of Western Maine, and the New England Association for Hospital Development. He was also regional vice president of the National Association for Hospital Development and the founder of the Southern Maine Development Offices Group in 1978. He was the first recipient of the Peter C. Barnard Leadership Award “for excellence in the profession of hospital development,” established by the Maine Hospital Development Officers in 1991. For more than 35 years he was a frequent speaker and faculty member of institutes, conferences, and seminars relating to college alumni and hospital development work. Surviving are his wife, Danuta Mey Barnard, whom he married in 1960; two nephews, William H. Barnard and Jeffrey C. Barnard; and a niece, Susan B. Oliveira, all of California.