Barry - UCSB professor
Arent H. "Barry" Schuyler
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 7, 1923
  • Place of birth:
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 28, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Santa Barbara, California, United States
Don't give up the ship!

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Currently playing in the background is Part 1 of a two segment tribute to Barry that aired June 2 and 3, 2011 on KDB 93.7 classic music (5 min).  You may listen to Part 2 by clicking the "Gallery" tab above and then "Audio" link.
Arent H. (Barry) Schuyler passed away on April 28, 2011 in Santa Barbara. Extremely generous with his time, knowledge and resources, Barry was at the same time fiercely humble and felt his life's actions and accomplishments rather than words should mark his passing.

Barry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Kellogg Schuyler, as well as his four children, Ann (Paul Brenner), Peter (Lisa Stratton), Kate, and John (Marianne) and his seven grandchildren, Tristan and James Brenner, Dylan and Jaime Schuyler, Patrick Wilcox and Sophie Schuyler, and Dorrien Schuyler.

For those who would like to honor Barry, who was ever the student and teacher as well as the consummate pragmatist, a donation to Midland School in Santa Ynez, Caltech in Pasadena, UCSB's Environmentgal Studies Program, or any of the numerous environmental or educational organizations that he supported and nurtured would be fitting. A personal commitment to follow a lifestyle that distinguishes "one's needs from one's wants" would bring a smile to Barry's face.
Friends are welcome to leave a short (limited # or words) tribute or longer story (unlimited words) about Barry on this site or send their private condolences to the Schuyler family via:
View a video recording online of Barry's Celebration of Life/Memorial held on June 4th, 2011 at UCSB's Bren hall.  The total length is 1 hour 55 minutes and contains music by family and grandchildren and reflections by Bob Wilkinson, friends, and colleagues who were in attendance.
A wonderful memoriam written by Peter Schuyler was publish in the Santa Barbara Independent.  It's posted on the "His Life" page of this site or can be viewed online at the Santa Barbara Independent.
Download and read comments by longtime friend Robert Wilkinson titled: "In Memoriam: Arent H. "Barry" Schuyler 1923-2011, Reflections On a Remarkable Man" (.pdf format)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 7th November 2017

"Happy Birthday, Barry!  
I'm glad you are in a better place.  I don't think you would like what the new EPA director is doing to all the environmental issues you, I, and others advocated for.  It would break your heart.  RIP"

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 28th April 2017

"Still missing you and your inspiration after all these years, Barry.  So many of the issues you worked so hard on, e.g. clean air, water, a healthy environment etc. are being politically rolled back.  In a way, I'm relieved you've missed this recent madness.  RIP"

This tribute was added by Janice Jagelski on 7th November 2016

"Ahoy Barry, fellow Scorpio and always in my heart.  Whenever I'm near the ocean or SF Bay I can't help reminisce about our times together on  Cassandra, Antara and QMII... No wind in SF Bay this weekend, sails barely fluttering, but big surf outside the Gate.  Wonderful sunrise this morning, but no green flash at sunset.    We'll get out to vote tomorrow and won't let you down on the community, environmental and big Presidential issues.  How I miss your company; visiting SB isn't the same without you, however we have a new rescue cattle dog I'll bring down to visit Jean.  Hugs, Janice"

This tribute was added by Peter Ward on 1st April 2016

"The Ward/Bevan family has appreciated the kindness and contact with the Schuyler family over many years. I enjoyed the PBS series "West of West" on the Channel Islands and was pleased to see that the Barry Schuyler family were sponsors. I had forgotten, Barry and I share the same birthday. I will gladly remember his life and family fondly."

This tribute was added by Ron Levy on 8th November 2015

"Adding this to my tribute in 2011: I now teach Media Ethics at a university in Alaska. I have consciously carried Barry's support and encouragement forward to the students and others I have met since the 3 years I enjoyed knowing Barry in the late 1970s."

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 7th November 2015

"Watched a falling star over the ocean and your earthly home on the Mesa last night, and thought you might be blowing out a celestial birthday candle.  RIP"

This tribute was added by Bart Woolery on 7th November 2015

"I salute you, Barry, and looking down the list of other tributes, some of whom I know personally, I know why. You done good."

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 28th April 2015

"Here it is already-- four years since you had to leave the fight for a better, cleaner world.  Just want you to know that the fight goes on, the will to change has not diminished.  Sometimes we win one for the environment and sometimes we don't.  I think you would be pleased, old teacher.  RIP"

This tribute was added by Ron Levy on 28th April 2015

"Happy Birthday Barry. i come to this page and am instantly transformed back on Cassandra and the winds of the Channel. It all snaps back into perspective, and the world is an easier place to enjoy again."

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 8th November 2014

"Barry, Happy Birthday, old teacher.  Gone but certainly not forgotten."

This tribute was added by William Thacher Dane on 8th November 2014

"Hella Good Guy = 1955 Bill"

This tribute was added by Janice Jagelski on 7th November 2014

"Dear fellow Scorpio, how I miss you dearly.
Here on my shelf next to me is a photo of us at Glacier Point, Yosemite with Half Dome shining behind us.  What a great Clam Bake you organized!   My passion for exploring the outdoors whether on foot or aboard a boat was sparked and nurtured by your generous and contagious enthusiasm to get outside and engage in meaningful conversation.   Be assured I continue to share this enthusiasm and am currently helping our local grade school conduct water samples at Lake Temescal, a local lake and park in the Oakland Hills.  We clean the creeks feeding into the lake, monitor pH, tds, nitrates, phosphates, collect samples to examine under a microcscope and we also strive to improve the school's energy consumption with both simple and technical improvements all the kids can help with.  My love to You, Barry and Jean, who are two of the most important influences in my life.

This tribute was added by Karen Feeney on 28th April 2014

"Thank you for all of the wisdom you shared, the people you touched, and the good you brought to the world.  I honor you Barry."

This tribute was added by Kate Schuyler on 29th April 2013

"Dad, it's lovely to have your presence still with me, even though it's been two years.  Shared experience, memories and connections of the heart transcend time and space."

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 28th April 2013

"Barry:  The ship still sails, your memory still lives and guides me true north. RIP teacher."

This tribute was added by Judy Egenolf on 7th November 2012

"As we celebrate political progress in this presidential election cycle you are sorely missed. Climate change was mentioned in Obama's acceptance speech along with many other issues you were passionate about, self responsibility included. Missing you Barry."

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 7th November 2012

"My old professor:  I think you would be proud of how tonight's presidential election turned out.  We haven't addressed climate change yet... but we're getting there. RIP"

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 28th April 2012

"Gone but certainly not forgotten.  The ripples you left behind still circle this beautiful Earth..."

This tribute was added by Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio on 28th April 2012

"Barry, the elements I love about myself, I learned from you. You are in my heart and soul!"

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 7th November 2011

"Happy Birthday, Barry!  You will always be my "Mr Chips"."

This tribute was added by Karen Feeney on 7th November 2011

"You are still a bright light Barry.  Happy Birthday."

This tribute was added by William Thacher Dane on 31st October 2011

"1953 thru 1955 Barry, You and Mike Hermes = top of my 'Most-Dignified-Persons-Ever' list.  Thank you, Bill Dane  *Hello Jean !  A beauty beside the best."

This tribute was added by Dennis Power on 8th September 2011

"Barry's commitment to the environment and making the world a better place was through his teaching, commitment to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum, and other causes, and the way he lived and conducted his own affairs.  His influence is immeasurable."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Judson on 4th July 2011

"Barry once told me and other ES students in ~1972 that he had, "...great faith in the power of economic incentives to protect the environment.."  I frequently quoted him during my 21-years of enforcing environmental regulations within an oil refinery.  His insight was remarkable."

This tribute was added by Terry Leftgoff on 17th June 2011

"Barry was like a quiet river that carves solid granite. I will never forget, as a young student, towing behind his sailboat with my colleagues in the UCSB ES Dept. That was over 30 yrs ago. His spirit lives in the fires he lit in those he inspired."

This tribute was added by Bart Woolery on 12th June 2011

"Barry was the most influential teacher I had at UCSB back in the mid-seventies.  His even-handed approach to  controversial subjects allowed me to find a path for truth and goodness in the world."

This tribute was added by Harry Rabin on 7th June 2011

""Barry" your an amazing human being! I will never forget the one trip on your sail boat back in 1977..I enjoyed a life time experience in your wise company and your words and wisdom guide me today and will stay with me always."

This tribute was added by John Grube on 4th June 2011

"As a 20 year old UCSB student doing part time boat maintenance in the 60s, Barry trusted me with his sailboat by exchanging work for use of the boat. Not just sail around the coast trust,rather, out to the islands for a weekend, type trust. Wonderful"

This tribute was added by Roger Brown on 4th June 2011

"Barry, thank you for helping me navigate from UCSB into the wider world. The connections you created took me to some marvelous places, people and experiences. You were caring, curious, generous and gentle."

This tribute was added by Bruce Tiffney on 4th June 2011

"Always a scholar and a gentleman.. and with his wife, a staunch benefactor of our community, including the College of Creative Studies at UCSB.  His passion for education and the natural world will be carried on by dozens of CCS biology students."

This tribute was added by Karl Hutterer on 4th June 2011

"It's hard to imagine Santa Barbara without Barry Schuyler. He has been important for so many people and institutions. He was on the Board of the Museum of Natural History for 20 years, Board President twice, and Honorary Trustee since 1991."

This tribute was added by Richard Martin on 4th June 2011

"I taught the first course in the ES program (The Physical Environment) in the Fall terms of 1970, 71, and 72. Barry was one of my TAs in the course those years, even though he was 12 years my senior. He has been a wonderful friend and colleague."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Lawton on 4th June 2011

"In my senior year at UCSB, I took Barry's class to meet my science requirement - and stayed to finish an ES degree! What a wonderful influence Barry and Jean had on my life.  Fair winds, good sailor.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by Janice Jagelski on 3rd June 2011

"Barry was the first to invite me to sail, backpack and ski, as we did with friends for years. He could also quote any "Star Trek","Lord of the Rings" or "Star Wars" episode as easily as opera, symphony, politics and history. A true Renaissance Man."

This tribute was added by Mary Gosselin on 3rd June 2011

"Barry encouraged me to take an internship at the S.B. Museum of Natural History when I was a student at UCSB. The job led me to a gratifying, 21 year career at the Museum, where I continued to learn while teaching others about the natural world."

This tribute was added by Karen Feeney on 2nd June 2011

"I had the pleasure of having Barry for my ES professor in 1975 - my 1st year at UCSB. He opened my eyes to so many new ways of thinking. Not only was he a great teacher, he was a role model in his love for the outdoors, his passion for life, and his"

This tribute was added by Stephen Oliva on 1st June 2011

"I first met Barry in Dr. Hardin's Human Ecology class (1969). He stood out, older & thoughtful. As an early graduate in ES, I enjoyed visiting him over the decades, chatting about the program, and my career in land issues and the law. Farewell, Barry"

This tribute was added by Lindsay Kircher on 1st June 2011

"I was fortunate to meet Barry as one of the recipients of the Schuyler scholarship at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.  The Schuyler's generosity supported my study and helped inspire my career in education for sustainability."

This tribute was added by Jim Peterson on 1st June 2011

"One of the few people who have influenced my life the most. Thank you, Barry."

This tribute was added by Bill Murdoch on 31st May 2011

"I think I first met Barry when he was studying with Garrett Harden in Biology at UCSB, decades ago when I was a young professor.  We saw a fair bit of each other then, and mostly we disagreed about the causes of and the solutions to the “population p"

This tribute was added by Tom Shoup on 31st May 2011

"Barry, I always admired the simpleness in your life.  Why throw out something that can still be used? Thanks for caring about the environment and all your quiet contributions."

This tribute was added by Tad Reynales on 23rd May 2011

"I count Barry as a mentor, friend and colleague.  We had many things in common -- Caltech, UCSB, soccer, sailing, beer and wine -- and of course, the environment.  He was the one who first hired me as a TA in ES.  Smooth sailing, Captain Schuyler!"

This tribute was added by Moira Hill on 22nd May 2011

"RIP and thank you Barry for all your wisdom and grace in teaching and counseling, which I still remember 30 years later. Love the "personal commitment" request above. My sympathies and condolences to the Schuyler family.
- Moira Hill (UCSB, ES 1984)"

This tribute was added by Darby Nett on 12th May 2011

"Both Barry and Jean Schuyler always treated me with kindness, patience and respect when I worked at The Chandlery.  Years later, when working for WM, under their son John, came to find out about mutual history with Midland School. What a gift, what a"

This tribute was added by cristen hamilton on 11th May 2011

"Whenever I think of Barry, I always hear his voice, "Kid, don't let your studies get in the way of your education.  Let's go sailing,".  Such an impact he had on me, on so many.   Here's to a strong, steady wind abeam!"

This tribute was added by fran harvey on 10th May 2011

"Jean and your children my deepest and most sincere prayers are with you at this time. Knowing Barry.......he is like my husband and would say, the day I die will actually be like a trip, a transition, to the greatest journey of all."

This tribute was added by Helene Schneider on 10th May 2011

"Barry left an amazing legacy in Santa Barbara. The origins of UCSB's Environmental Services department alone testifies to his leadership and vision that is felt globally. Mostly, though, I will always remember Barry for his kind manner and as a devot"

This tribute was added by Leslie Lembo on 9th May 2011

""Barry,I cherish our many island boat trips on Cassandra.  Being with you on the ocean was a time where 'conversations that mattered' happened most for me.
I got clear insight into your generous nature and piercing intellect!
Ah,such a splendid man!""

This tribute was added by Judy Egenolf on 9th May 2011

"He painted a humble medical/dental bldg in Baja CA long after a replaced hip and with frustrating hearing aids. He & Jean flew to a dirt landing strip ready to work in less than perfect conditions. He never complained, true always to needs over wants"

This tribute was added by Paul O'Rear on 8th May 2011

"We were ES majors in the mid-70's, soon after the oil spill. At a time when many would be thinking about slowing down, Barry was just getting ramped up, chairing a "start-up" department. He was so gifted in connecting with and inspiring people."

This tribute was added by kevin mckernan on 8th May 2011

"It saddened me to learn of Barry's passing.  The world can't afford the loss of such individuals--there are so few.  My sincere condolences to his loving wife, Jean and children; only their loss could exceed my own sense of loss."

This tribute was added by Monica Dynowski Smith on 8th May 2011

"To me, Barry was ES at UCSB.  It won't surprise anyone that he convinced me to do my senior thesis on tanker accidents in the SB Channel!  He was a mentor and friend, walked the talk, lived his ideals, and always had time for everyone."

This tribute was added by Barbara Ganschow on 7th May 2011

"When I heard that Barry died I found myself thinking of this poem:
The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie"

This tribute was added by Tricia Knight on 7th May 2011

"Barry was the first person to take me sailing to the channel islands. He was always such a champion of exploration and knowledge. He still inpires me today. you will be missed Barry."

This tribute was added by Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio on 7th May 2011

"Barry introduced me to Environmental Studies, and a passionate approach to life of critical thinking, courage, and exploration. I am thankful for having known Barry and will carry on in his spirit!"

This tribute was added by Eileen Kadesh on 6th May 2011

"Eileen Kadesh

As a member of the first graduating class of the Environmental Studies program, I had the honor to get to know Barry and work with him.  He was a very special person!"

This tribute was added by Brian Baird on 6th May 2011

""Barry provided wonderful support for me as one of my professors and as an advisor for my thesis - which led to my life long pursuit of ocean protection.  I once ran into him backpacking in the Sierras above Mammoth - a fitting memory."

This tribute was added by Charlotte Strem on 6th May 2011

"Barry was the heart, soul and spirit of the ES program.  It was a joy to learn, sail, and work with him from 1971-1974.  The Field Study course on the Channel Islands remains the best class I have ever taken. May we all carry on his work and spirit."

This tribute was added by Gary Jakobs on 6th May 2011

"I was a fortunate ES student (1981 grad) who was able to learn from Barry. He not only imprinted a passion for environmental protection, he was so generous extending education beyond the classroom...even to his boat! A great man and teacher whose les"

This tribute was added by Ron Levy on 6th May 2011

"I first met Barry in 1974, my first year at UCSB. He was instantly and always accommodating and easy to be with, and most of all, encouraging of all endeavors related to caring for the land, animals and sea. A lifelong role model & friend."

This tribute was added by Eric Zimmerman on 5th May 2011

"Barry, I cherish your wisdom, insight, generosity, and love for life, family and the environment.  Thanks for the many wonderful memories sailing out to the Channel Islands. Your presence will be greatly missed but never forgotten!"

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