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ISAAC BOWEN BARKER, A. M., Tutor in German, died in his room in Little's Block at an early hour on the morning of last Monday. He had been suffering from a severe cold for several weeks, - a cold so severe, indeed, that he had been advised by the President to quit work for a while, and to try, if possible, to regain his health. This, however, he was unwilling to do. He met his sections as usual on Saturday morning; and it was only at a late hour on Sunday evening that friends who were with him became convinced that he was in serious danger. He himself did not then appreciate his condition, perhaps even he never appreciated it; and it was against his wishes that a physician was at last summoned. Everything that friends and physicians could do for him was done; but weakness and disease had taken too strong a hold upon his frame to be dislodged.
Mr. Barker was born at South Hanson, Mass., and was 35 years old at the time of his death. He graduated at Brown University in 1861, and during the subsequent years of his life, except when sickness forbade, was engaged either in the work of teaching or in studies which had that work in view. From 1862 to 1866 he was an assistant professor of English studies at the U. S. Naval Academy. In 1867 - 68 he was an instructor in rhetoric at Brown University. He went to Europe in 1866, with the design of fitting himself for the work of giving instruction in Modern Languages; and afterwards went again for the same purpose. After his return from Europe he was appointed Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. He entered upon his duties as Tutor in German in this College last October; and those who knew him well believed that the College had been wise in choosing and fortunate in securing him; and he himself began his work cheerfully, and with the hope that his life thereafter might be identified with the College.
Quiet and reserved in his manner, Mr. Barker was not a man to make a multitude of friends; but the friends that he did have had every feeling of respect and admiration for him. He showed a rare fidelity in the discharge of his duties; he had the culture of a scholar, the gentleness and the faith of an earnest Christian, an unbounded love for his home; and it is our loss that the example of his pure and serene life is so prematurely taken from us.
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