Campus Memorial Service For CU-Boulder Philosophy Professor Hazel Barnes Set For April 12

Published: April 2, 2008

A memorial service for renowned philosophy Professor Emerita Hazel Barnes will be held Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. in the Old Main Chapel on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.

The service will be followed by a reception in the CU Heritage Center on the third floor of Old Main.

Barnes, an expert in French existentialism who taught at CU-Boulder from 1953 to 1986, died March 18 at her home in Boulder. She was 92.

Barnes is widely noted for her 1956 translation of French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre's classic "Being and Nothingness." The translation helped import Sartre's ideas to the English-speaking world.

Her skill as a teacher also won her widespread recognition. In 1991, CU-Boulder established the Hazel Barnes Prize to recognize "the enriching interrelationship between teaching and research." The $20,000 award is given annually and is the highest faculty recognition for teaching and research given by the university.

Barnes is survived by her brother, Paul Barnes of Auburndale, Mass., her sister, Jean Newcomer of Middleton, Wis., and several nieces, nephews, grand nephews and grand nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hazel E. Barnes Memorial Fund to help support graduate education in the philosophy department. Checks should be made payable to the University of Colorado Foundation and sent to University of Colorado Foundation, College of Arts and Sciences, 1305 University Ave., Boulder, CO 80302.

Free parking for the memorial will be available in lot 380, off University Avenue and east of Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. Parking attendants will be present to direct drivers and assist the elderly with close-in parking.