University Mourns Death of Kenneth M. Barbour

Posted: December 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kenny Barbour
Kenny Barbour
Courtesy Luis Longoria

Kenneth M. Barbour, general maintenance and locksmith supervisor in the Physical Plant, died suddenly last week, apparently of a heart attack. He joined George Mason as a carpenter in 1979, immediately after graduating from high school.

Recognized by his supervisors for being conscientious, dependable and professional, Barbour was also well respected by the employees he supervised. He was noted for being a team player and highly conscious of the importance of good customer relations.

“Kenny was such an important part of all of our lives at the Physical Plant and university,” says Jon Lewis, assistant director for operations in the Physical Plant, who was Barbour’s supervisor. “As one of the longest-employed supervisors, Kenny, with his knowledge of the campus and his high level of customer service, cannot be replaced.

“There are not too many faculty or staff members who did not know Kenny–he was always willing to solve problems with a sense of confidence that put everyone at ease. But most of all, I have lost a true friend and will sadly miss seeing him every day.”

Barbour is survived by his wife, Doretha; his son, Kenny Barbour Jr.; and his grandson, Kewan.

Viewing will be on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, Clifton, Va., with burial at the church’s cemetery on Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m.

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