G. Blair Dowden, President of Huntington University
Huntington University today is mourning the loss of a longtime professor and dear friend, Jack P. Barlow Sr.
Professor Barlow served Huntington University (then Huntington College) for 32 years, after which he was named Associate Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science in 1999. He was a man dedicated to serving God and others through education. His greatest joy was to see his students develop spiritually and academically. In his own unique way, Professor Barlow was used by God to encourage and instill confidence and a sense of direction in many individual lives. He was a mentor to countless graduates who have gone on to effectively impact our world for Christ.
When Professor Barlow retired from active teaching in 1999, the Indiana General Assembly recognized him for providing more than three decades of guidance and inspiration to Indiana students. At that time, I shared with him a quote by Henry Adams: “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” Professor Barlow’s influence has been truly significant and far-reaching. His legacy continues to shine through the personal lives and professional accomplishments of the Huntington graduates he taught.
Professor Barlow was a distinguished scholar and educator. He held degrees from William Tyndale College and Eastern Michigan University and also completed additional graduate studies at Michigan State University and Ball State University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Huntington in 2005. In addition to his service at Huntington, he also taught at IPFW and the University of Saint Francis.
He was committed to the scholarly community at Huntington and held several leadership positions, including serving as the chairman of the History Department and a member of Faculty Concerns Committee and Library Committee. He was the longtime coordinator of the Forester Lecture Series and served as the director of January Term.
In 1997 he was awarded the Centennial Medallion, an honor that celebrated the 100 most influential individuals in the history of Huntington College. Professor Barlow also was given awards by many educational organizations including Outstanding Educators of America and the Christian College Coalition.
Professor Barlow’s wife and children and granddaughter attended Huntington University. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntington, serving as teacher, preacher and leader.
Our prayers are with his wife Becky; his children Jack Jr. and Kim; his grandchildren and his extended family. The Huntington University family shares in their loss. We thank the Lord for the opportunity of serving with this man of God and for the privilege of calling him friend and colleague.”