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Birthday wishes

Shared by Kevin Mckernan on November 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Barry!  The passing years have not dimed my memories of you, nor the influence and benefit you had on my life's outlook.  Thank You!  RIP

Open letter from Alfred Runte

Shared by Eric Zimmerman on June 6, 2011

Barry Schuyler was the quintessential teacher, simply, the greatest teacher one could ever hope to have.  In Barry’s presence, no student doubted for a moment that learning was a joy.  However, Barry was a mentor, never an enabler.  You had to earn his respect and trust.  If you worked hard and made no excuses, you then became Barry’s friend for life.  He followed his students and their careers with a commitment that never ceased to amaze me.  He could tell you instantly where everyone was—and what they were doing.  And yes, he always shared that news with pride. 
 
In the world of credentialing and the endless pursuit of research, Barry was UCSB’s breath of fresh air.  To its credit, the university recognized that and allowed Barry to grow in a different way.  I am proud of UCSB, and prouder still of Barry for having taught the University of California that teaching matters.  Even when he became Dr. Schuyler, he was still more comfortable being Barry Schuyler.  No door ever closed on a student’s needs. 

Now that Barry’s office is forever silenced, we can recall with joy when his voice lovingly beckoned us in.  Because we came first, we learned to make a difference.  There is no greater gift any teacher can ever bestow.
 
Alfred Runte, Ph.D.


From the Sage Family

Shared by Eric Zimmerman on June 6, 2011

Dear Jean and the entire Schuyler family,

For so many years, your family and particularly Barry and Jean have been like our own family.   We have hiked the Sierra trails, sat together in the Great Room of the Awahnee, found our religion in nature’s cathedral peaks and pines, explored the high deserts, reveled in natural hot springs, figured out the night constellations and sailed the Channel, planned adventures in the far north, floated rivers, cooked out in the mountains and eaten birthday cakes baked at high altitude.  And drunk quite a few bottles of sherry along the way.

With Barry, all those long years ago, we imagined what could be possible, argued FTEs out of the administration, and invented classes to inspire those who carry the future on their shoulders.  Barry was hands-down the best teacher.  Patience, curiosity, quiet competence, the kind of easy explanations that gave us confidence in ourselvesBarry did not have patience with all things, though, and it was reassuring to hear him cuss out Cassandra’s gas-leaky stove on many an occasion.

These last years, we carried you in our thoughts on the same trails, along the same Sierra meadows and creeks.

Now, Barry, know that you’ll always be with us and a part of us.  We’ll take you along, and talk to your spirit from Sierra mountaintops.  You’ll always be in our hearts.  We’ll see you again down the trail.

Cindy and Orrin Sage
Amy Sage Thomsen and Stephanie Sage Kerst

 

Additional Tributes sent to the Schuyler family

Shared by Eric Zimmerman on June 4, 2011

I was very sad to hear of Barry's passing. I am thinking of you and your family and sending love. Although we haven't spent much time together in person, you and Barry have been in my life longer than I can remember. You are both forever in my heart. --- Katy Dreyfu

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Barry Schuyler preserved and protected the Squibb legacy at Midland. Barry taught us to respect nature, discover the science of ecology and be responsible for their impact on ecosystems. With a good humor, enthusiasm, compassion and a passion for excellence, Barry mentored and inspired. I can remember when we were driving to a soccer game, Steve Humphries threw out a small piece of paper. Barry stopped the car and made Steve run back to get the wrapper and apologize to all of us.

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He pioneered the environmental sciences at UCSB and supported Jean during her lifetime commitment to Planned Parenthood. From the Maritime Museum to his many commitments to environmental organizations, Barry lived a lifetime of service, interrupted by a major fall in the Sierras and rolling over his car with Jean. No matter how many broken bones, he was always up and ready for the new adventure. At one point we had discussed hiking the Muir Trail. It seemed that there was not a path through our beautiful Sierras he had not explored. His love of his family and safeguarding our habitat is an inspiration to all of us. I will miss him dearly. Bob Gillespie Midland Class of '57 --- Bob Gillese

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We have lost a good man. He will definitely be missed. He has left behind a truly remarkable legacy. I am very sorry for your loss. With sympathy.   --- Tom Shoup

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Your announcement of Barry’s passing summed up perfectly how I feel towards him: "love, respect, and admiration."   He was a true fighter till the end and his presence on this earth will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His positive impact on the SB community, UCSB, Environmental Studies, and its students is his legacy and he will live on forever through those who he shared so much. I promise both you and him that I will do everything I can to continue what he started here at UCSB.  ---  Eric Zimmerman

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I am so sorry to hear about Barry's passing. He was a great friend and will always be remembered by all of us connected with the Museum of Natural History as one of the Museum's great Trustees. We will miss him, though we are at least slightly consoled by the knowledge that he is no longer in pain.  ---  Karl Hutterer

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Schuylers, you have my profound sorry and warmest thoughts on Barry's passing. He has been a gentle and steadfast friend. We grieve for you.  --- Dick Jensen

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Dear Ones, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Barry. We will miss him. He lived such a wonderful full life. He was always reaching for the next best idea and finding a new adventure. I will miss his intelligent conversation and wry humor.   ---  Cindy Gaty

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I am so sorry to hear about Barry's passing. He was a great friend and will always be remembered by all of us connected with the Museum of Natural History as one of the Museum's great Trustees. We will miss him, though we are at least slightly consoled by the knowledge that he is no longer in pain.  ---  Karl Hutterer

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What a huge loss. But a life well lived and greatly loved. The good news is that he has left his mark on all of us And the world. May the beautiful memories comfort you.   ---  Sybil Rosen

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We send you all our love and tears of joy for the amazing life of Barry, and tears of sadness to hear of his passing. Barry was an inspirational teacher, a mentor, and a good friend.  We so enjoyed seeing him last year and will miss him immensely. Although we are far away in Argentina our thoughts will be with you as you gather together family and friends to celebrate his extraordinary life.   --- Merry & Paul

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I am reminded of his wit, sense of humor, caring smile and moreover one of his favorite expressions, "Don't give up the ship."  I am thinking of him quite content and pleased with himself now taking the helm of a handy and salty small craft in new oceans beyond these we mortals know... as I know he intensely missed delighting in his passion of sailing.  My love to you and John, Kate, and Ann, and to dear Jean... she is so amazing too!  ---  Kathy Kellison

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I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad.  He was such a life force- so good at so many things.  I am grateful to have known him and your family.  The comfort is that he is no longer in pain.  Wishing you and everyone love and support.   --- Joyce Rosenbaum

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Barry was a great, dearly loved visionary who has left an extraordinary legacy. We will miss him, but also always remember him.  Please give your Mom a huge hug from me.   
 ---  Mike deGruy

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Having known Barry for almost 60 years I understand more than anyone what a great guy he was, and so much fun!!!  My heart goes out to all of you.  With love and tears.  ---  Desdy  

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Barry has been in my thoughts, and I am so sorry that I did not visit with him before he sailed away.  He was such a wonderful man, whose many good works will long endure in the communities of which he was a part.  His presence will always be an important part of the Environmental Studies Program, and I am grateful to have been among his friends and colleagues there.  I have some good crying to do, and so I will.  Your and your family's friend. 
---  Marc  McGinnes

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I have always said that your Dad was the greatest influence in my life outside of my family.  A blessed turning point occurred the day I walked into his office at UCSB and he set in motion a whole new direction for my life.  He did that for so many.  I will always carry the Schuyler spirit in my heart. My love to all the Schuylers  ---  Cate Cipolla

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Barry was and always will be one of the most remarkable and admirable man I have known.  You and your family are dear to Cydney and me.  ---   Mike York

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Barry was the driving force for my moving to Santa Barbara and going to UCSB and eventually becoming close with your family.  My best to everyone.  --- Cheri Savage

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Barry was a lovely man.  He was really interesting, and deeply interested in things scientific and environmental - an awareness that never dimmed, at least while I spent time with him.   He was also lots of fun and had a nice sense of humor - something I didn't know about when I used to argue with him years ago about his views on population.  I will miss knowing that he is keeping that flame burning.   I hope you will gain some comfort, as you grieve, knowing that many of us out here grieve, but also celebrate Barry's life, along with you. ---  Bill  Murdoch

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Barry’s significant and large life is now closed. He is remembered in the hearts of so many and will inspire all far into the future. Deepest condolences to the entire family. 
---  Rob and Judy Egenolf

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I have such warm memories of him at Caltech in the late '40s--and subsequently. Our heart-felt condolences.   --- Carl & Ellen 

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Barry was among the first people that we met when we came to Santa Barbara in 1956. What a rich and varied life he led and he was a real pioneer in environmental understanding and protection. It has been an honor to have known him. We feel great sadness for your loss at this time.  ---  Margaret and Joe Connell

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Barry was an inspiration.  I admired and learned from him as a student and enjoyed Barry as a friend and treasured him as a colleague. There are so many memories that go back to his work with Garrett Hardin and the Environment Fund.  At one time he was integrating all the numerous energy indicators. Barry was an amazing man and I will miss him dearly.     
---  Bob Gillespie

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As I walked to work this morning, I reflected on what a wonderful family you all are and what a special gentleman Barry was…  He will be missed. The entire staff of the Yosemite Conservancy is thinking of you and sending you the best thoughts and wishes.     
---  Mike Tollefson

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Your Dad did so much amazing good for this community.  I've been hearing about the differences he made in the lives of so many students over the years and then for the community…. Thank you for sharing the news.  I know that all of us at EDC mourn the passing of a great friend and supporter.   ---  Gail  Oshrenko

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Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.  We would like to also send you our heartfelt thanks for all that you and your family have done both for The Trust for Public Land and your surrounding communities.    Best regards,  --- Joy Gutierrez-Pilare
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Barry is looking over the oceans and islands and all of you with love. It is a blessing that Barry shared such a long and gifted life with his family and friends
With heart felt sorry for your loss - yet happy he is now with Our Lord.
     --- Laurie Joseph

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Barry was a true gem of this community and his (and your mom’s) legacy will live on as evident by this beautiful place they helped to protect.  We are all thankful for the great work and life he lived.  Jim and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.  ---  Sharyn  Main & Jim

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Barry has left, but he has left so many legacies: children and grandchildren of whom he could be proud, a host of students who were indelibly marked—for the better!—by his passion for science, clarity of thought, and the planet, and his own research and advocacy on behalf of the planet.  Barry’s teaching and his example certainly exerted a strong and positive influence on my development as a person and as a scientist, although I have no delusions about being able to live up to his example.  With deep sympathy and affection.  ---  Peter Czipott

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I never got to meet Barry, but I've always thought of him being second only to Paul Squibb as the embodiment of everything Midland.  Now it's even more up to the rest of us to carry the torch.   ---  Peter Coonradt '64

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I am so blessed to have known Barry, to have learned from one of the great teachers, to have witnessed true indomitable spirit, and to have shared in his vision for Midland.  He was, and always will be, one of the guardians of Midland's soul.  I send my condolences to you, and raise my glass to a life well lived.  May we all aim so high, so humbly, so generously, with such clarity, and in the spirit of living so as to make the world a better place. The news of his passing hit hard today, and yet I see around me so many ways in which Barry is very much alive at Midland.  I've spent a good deal of time researching and writing about Midland's past, present, and future, and Barry Schuyler is the thread that weaves through every era.  (More on this later)  My life has been enriched in ways I can only begin to measure by knowing Barry and Jean.  My heart is full of gratitude for knowing them. In love and gratitude.    ---  Lise

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His passing a huge loss for the ES Program, though it has been many years now since he taught classes here. He was a legendary figure as a teacher, and he was like our Fairy-Godfather--always hovering overhead watching out and helping make good things happen.  We will miss him.   ---  Josh Schimel

Barry's passing is for me a startling and moving reminder of the lasting impact he had on others. Spending today on the water off San Diego was some comfort, because I could feel his presence with every windshift and imagine his commentary with every mark rounding. It is simply impossible to overstate the many ways my own life (and the lives of countless others) have been made better for having known Barry. Regardless of how it was spent, time with Barry was precious and worthwhile. His wit, his wisdom, his wonderfully charming sarcasm and his generous spirit will continue to inspire and guide.  Love and peace.  --- Peter Labahn

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He was a wonderful mentor to me when I was at the Museum of Natural History and I will truly miss him.  His commitment to the environment was unwavering and his determination to establish UCSB's Environmental Studies Program is now an enduring legacy.  The Schuylers will always hold a special place in my heart.  Fondly.   
--- Chuck and Stephanie Slosser

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Barry’s passing was still a shock of great proportions to me even though I knew he was fading.  People like Barry should not leave this earth – nor should Jean.  They have been two of the most special people in my life even though lately we didn’t see each other often.  I really love those two.  Our Natural History Museum connections along with the Maritime Museum and fundraising with Jean are just a few of the fond memories I have.  Skiing with Barry, and our mule trip in the Yosemite high country plus the evening long ago when they joined Bob and me at the Brace bridge event at the Awanee were outstanding highlights. Barry’s contribution to the community and the world at large are legendary –WHAT A GREAT MAN !!  I feel so fortunate to have been part of his life in small ways.  My condolences, love and prayers are with you all.  ---   Virginia Sloan

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We first knew Barry from the Maritime Museum. What an honor to know and work with such a great man of strength, honor, humor, commitment, loyalty and a giving heart with a spirit that will live on in our hearts forever. That twinkle in his eye is now shining brightly in the stars above while he reminds us all to stay the course with the wind in our sails and to never give up. Barry was and will remain forever a great man who made a difference in so many lives, certainly ours. As I write this, I remember with a smile of Barry's highly developed editing skills, and if I have made any mistakes grammatically. Our best times were on the Ranger, sailing or sharing a meal and conversation.   We embrace you with our deepest condolences and will forever remember our dear, dear Barry. Love and Blessings.  
---  Clyde & Joan Kirkpatrick

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I can't tell you how much we both realize & appreciate all both of you have done for this city. I have learned much regarding philanthropy & decorum from both of you, while enjoying the time spent with you creating legacies for all. I only wish I could have helped Barry realize his underground faculty pub ...please call us to help or assist in any way we can. Please excuse the grammar & spelling I am an architect.  --- Barry Berkus

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As you can imagine, Barry's presence and memory were felt strongly by the entire Midland community today….. I pass along a great statement from Jim Poett,  “Barry was a passionate and indomitable advocate for the stuff of life.”   ---  Jim

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The perpetual winner of the Midland Distinguished Alumni award should be Barry Schuyler.  I was fortunate enough to have Barry as a teacher, and also serve on the Board with him, and it was a great joy.  He will be greatly missed, and yet the wonderful thing is that he will live in our memories for a long, long time, and it's a very warm memory. ---  Warner Henry

Barry made an entire generation (maybe two generations!) of lives better--giving so many men and women the idealistic visions of themselves and what they could try to accomplish in this world.  And we did (at least I like to think that we are doing that--making the world better)!

Teachers--and Barry is essentially that, for all his wide interests and many accomplishments--the best teachers affect so many lives and they live on to and through the subsequent generations.  I know that the values and ethics and hopes he had for the planet were given to me, and in turn I have tried to foster that in the students and interns I have worked with, and in the sons and daughters of my friends.  So his spirit and being lives on!

And it is important to add that when so often we got into philosophic discussions he would always mention the role Jean had in his thought and actions. So it was a partnership of giving and giving back that your parents initiated and that you four offspring and us various hangers-on continue!  I am so grateful for your friendship and love and I look forward to seeing you and sharing and celebrating with you all.    ---  Merrilee

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I imagine comfort for you in Tristan and James as they carry forward your father's ideals toward the well-being of people and nature. The influence of the good we do seems a very tangible and observable way that we live forever; and it seems your father's reach will extend very strongly beyond his life.  ---  David Grantham

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I just can not stopped thinking about all the Schuylers and all the wonderful things I experienced in life because of Barry and your family.  I have been swimming the Cove and walking the cliffs as I think about Barry and Jean growing up right here and what a wonderful life they created.  As today is teacher appreciation day, I reflect on the teachers that have impacted me. Barry will always be my #1 teacher.   A parent wrote me a note and I think this is so fitting of Barry...  "A teacher affects eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops. " (Henry Adams).  I am so grateful for Barry's eternal influence.  Love.  ---  Catie Cipolla

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His faithful presence each year along with the entire Schuyler clan at the alumni soccer game was (and is) always a special highlight of the afternoon to me. He did not seem to let the passage of time dim the smile when he recognized me greeting him; one of several regrets I have about my long "career" at laguna was that I never got the opportunity to take a class from Mr. Schuyler- probably a good thing considering my lack of intellectual depth as an adolescent which paled compared to those students (and there were many) who were inspired to successful adult careers by Barry's wisdom and teachings within the Sciences.  Take care.  --- John Adams- Class of '70

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I worked with Barry for Phase I of the SB Maritime Museum campaign.  We conducted many 'picture this' tours of the shell of what is now the SBMM.  It was a pleasure working with Barry...he was a no-nonsense type of guy.  His legacy will live on; it was an honor simply being in his company.  My best to you.  ---- Dru Hartley 

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Dear Midland's Environmental Advisory Board and Friends, in speaking about Barry Schuyler's passing, we should add three words to the metaphor:  Barry Schuyler's passing... of the torch. Whether kerosene or solar powered, we must carry the torch, as handed to us from the guardian of Midland's soul.  All the best.  ---   Lise Goddard

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You and Barry were such important people to me during my time in Santa Barbara, during school and long after I graduated. I have thought of your family as my family for a long time, and have such wonderful memories of sailing, riding and enjoying meals at your wonderful home.  ---  Jane McKee 

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

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What a fine person he was, an inspiration and wonderful LIGHT in my life! If not for Barry, I might never have experienced the many precious memories I have from Transpac, Hawaii, other races, the wonderful women I sailed with. Nor would I have had the courage to go after my USCG Captain's license -- and get 'official'. Though my life has turned to writing and I'm seldom on the water these days, I carry Barry and Antara and all those incredible times with me in my heart always. I loved knowing you both, and recall his comments about your horses, and his responses to my questions about so many things, unrelated to sailing. He made me laugh, he helped me see who I was, and his noble self was simply a pleasure to stand beside or observe as he offered wise input or generous support. What a fine human being. The Greeks say, "May his memory be eternal," and I know it will. Blessings to all of you, with my love, respect and gratitude.  ---  Debra J. Rigas

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If it were not for the Schuyler Award, I would not have attended the Bren School.  Because I went straight from my undergraduate to my graduate institution, I did not have money saved for graduate school.  Therefore, I had seriously considered attending the University of Wisconsin (who offered me substantial financial assistance) rather than Bren.  When I was notified that I had received the Schuyler Award, my decision to attend Bren was made instantaneously, and I don't feel it's an exaggeration to say the Bren School experience changed my life.  The friendships I made and professional skills I gained while at Bren will follow me for years into the future.   --- Lara Polansky (MESM 2009)

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Barry was a mentor to me during and after my time at UCSB, but he became a friend and for that I'm grateful.  Santa Barbara will always be synonymous with Barry in my mind.  I cherish the memories of your beautiful home and Cassandra.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Warmest regards.   ---   Monica  Smith

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My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mother and father built quite a legacy in Santa Barbara and your dad will always be remembered in the Environmental Studies Program. And all his journeys on the ocean. May he always have fair skies and a strong wind. I will miss his smile and wit. Take care.  --- Robin Roe

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He was indeed a human whose integrity, honesty, and devotion to the betterment of our minds and our planet was a model for us all to emulate.   --- Bill and Carol Davidson

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Barry had a full and wonderful life and did wonderful things for the community and UCSB, so his was certainly a life worth living, which we can all celebrate.  I considered Barry a close friend and we spent many hours talking about UCSB, the environment, and a wide variety of subjects.  Barry was especially wonderful in helping me get settled in Santa Barbara when I moved there in 1979, and we kept in touch even after I had left Santa Barbara.  All the Best.  
--- Dan Botkin

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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 problem.”  So, we argued.  But we never fell out or got angry with each other.  Barry just wasn’t the kind of person who let disagreement get in the way of mutual respect and friendship, and it is a lesson that has stayed with me. 
After he moved on to teaching and then retirement, over the years Barry and I met and chatted – about hiking the Sierras, environmental issues, or whatever the matter at hand was.  But quite suddenly, in the last year or so, I saw him more often, and spent more time with him, stimulated by the opportunity to be a little bit of help via the wonderful Lotsa Helping Hands.  It was a greatly rewarding experience.  We occasionally revisited old discussions, but mainly we talked about the environment, books and politics.  And what stimulating discussions they were.  Barry introduced me to several fiction authors, and he still knew more about environmental issues – supposedly something I keep up with – than I did or do.  So, in addition to those key characteristics discussed in Peter’s In Memorium piece, I am still gob-smacked by the enormous range of intellectual interests that he maintained till the end of his life, and the pleasure he gave in thinking out loud about them. --- Bill Murdoch

 

Flood of Memories

Shared by Mimi Henderson on May 30, 2011

He was so proud of all of us.  

As much as I’ll miss him, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have watching over us. Especially, at this time in our Earth’s history.
 
Barry was such an inspiration to so many. I’m having trouble finding the words to express my sadness at the passing of my mentor, teacher, friend, sailing companion, confidante. I struggle to find words to express my grief.     But then I hear him say “OK Mary Patricia. Not to worry.   Let’s go sailing and figure out all the worlds’ problems. Maybe we’ll actually solve something.”
 
As difficult as this is to write, I know in my heart, he’d appreciate the effort, so here goes…
 
It was thirty years ago when I walked into the Environmental Studies offices. I was a transferring sophomore from Northern California where I had taken a few environmental studies classes at a JC and knew that’s what I wanted to study.
 
Of course, I had no classes upon my arrival but had read about an Energy 101 class and was intrigued. So I youthfully strutted up to the E.S. department, not really knowing what I was doing in its strange hallways. But there was one door open on the west side with a distinguished gentlemen working at his desk. The plaque on the door read “Arent H. Schuyler, Chairman.”  I hesitated, feeling a little less bold but then he waved me in and asked how he could help.  And that same generous spirit continued to be woven into my life for the next 30 years.  We stayed in touch, always trying to set up the next sailing trip. Always signing off with “Cheers”.
 
He always said I could be anything I set out to do. Be anything I wanted to be. As an economics/E.S. double major and with 30 years professional experience in public finance, we would have very lively discussions on the world economy and the environment.  He would tell me that I should be the Chairman of the Fed. When I would reply ‘I think not’, he would say “OK then. Secretary of the Treasury.” He taught me to aim high.
 
His generous trips out on Kassandra were life changing for me. He turned me into an avid sailor and ocean addict. Many of most joyful college memories are of sailing and the Channel Islands with a motley group of friends, UCSB students, teachers and boaters.  Wine and cheese. Early swim before pancakes. Always looking for that green flash at sunset.
 
So many wonderful memories of sailing out to the Channel Islands. Always enjoying all our time together, brainstorming how to save the world. Always the optimist. Never judgmental. So thoughtful. So kind. Sharing stories, wisdom, knowledge and encouragement. Mentor in school and in life.
 
It was strange that on April 28th I felt something subtly shifting—I actually commented to a friend on Friday that I felt an unexplainable sadness. So when Peter called on Saturday, giving me the news, it actually gave me a strange calm knowing my mentor and friend had let me know that he was leaving, moving on, to continue to help us all in so many new and different ways. 
 
I find solace in knowing we (and the Earth) have a strong advocate now upstairs with the big guy.
 
Barry, thank you.  I miss you. 
Cheers.  
                                                        
Mimi Henderson
Environmental Studies, 1980

Acrostic Poem for Barry

Shared by Paula Thompson on May 19, 2011

 

ACROSTIC POEM DEDICATED TO  BARRY SCHUYLER

 

By Paula Thompson  Environmental Studies  Class of 1976

 

B    Boating,  Backpacking, Beaches, Books.

A   Accomplished , Advisor, Advocate, Appreciated, Ahoy!

R   Respected, Reader, Renewable Energy , Resources.

R   Rigging, Rower,  Role Model.

 Yosemite, Yachtsman, Yeah!

 

S    Sailor, Student, Scholar, Speaker, Santa Barbara, Special.

C   Captain, Chairman, Camping, Clambakes,   Conversations,  Cassandra, Cliff Dr.

Honored, Humanitarian, Humble, Helpful, Host, Hiker.

University, Untiring , Unforgettable, Universal.

Y    Youthful, New Yorker, Yin-Yang, Yes!

L    Legacy, Leadership, Lecturer, Letters,  Lifelong Friend.

E    Environmental Studies, Earth, Engineer, Ecosystem, Eighty-seven
R   Receptions, Recycle, Remembered, Remarkable!

 

Thank you, Barry.  I have been blessed to have known you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roderick Frazier Nash Remembers Barry

Shared by Eric Zimmerman on May 13, 2011

By:  Roderick Frazier Nash

I met Barry in 1967 or 1968 when I was teaching an environmental history class for Adult Education.  He attended a few lectures and we connected on his passion for responsible human participation in the ecosystem.

  In 1969 after the oil spill I was asked to write a Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights. The idea was to use blowout of the oil rig as motivation to change environmental policy.   In December of that year Barry and I sailed his old boat Wishbone to San Miguel Island. I recall telling him I did not have a clue what to write, but on the passage back to Santa Barbara Harbor, with dolphins playing in the bow waves, I put down the words that are currently featured in the new exhibit at the Maritime Museum.  I recall Barry saying as he read them that December day that they sounded a lot like Thomas Jefferson, and I showed him the copy of the  Declaration of Independence I had brought on board as a model.  Barry acknowledged Jefferson’s importance but he consistently maintained that the real author of the Declaration was those dolphins!

            One of the consequences of the oil spill was the idea of a major in Environmental Studies at UCSB.  Barry was enthusiastic and, as the founding chair of the program, I proposed that since he was a graduate student in Biology at the time, he could be a teaching assistant in the new courses we launched in the fall, l970.  It’s my recollection that this began Barry’s long association with the ES program. What motivated him, I think, was his passion for teaching. Some of our faculty colleagues distained teaching as a nuisance to be endured so they could pursue research .Not surprisingly they were lousy teachers.  Barry and I thought teaching was what a university was all about.  In the early ES days a sign appeared in the office saying in effect that students were not interruptions of our work; they were the reason for it.  Barry liked to say that students were the “clients” of the faculty.  He believed in a curriculum that addressed the needs of young people trying to work out a better way of relating to their habitat.  One of his greatest satisfactions was seeing ES majors moving on to pursue careers that at least started to change the world . 

            Over four decades I had the pleasure of traveling widely in the wild world with Barry.  We explored Baja California ( Jean was on that trip too) and the Sierra.  I took him on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  He reciprocated by showing me the wildness and beauty of the ocean and was a major influence in my buying the tugboat Forevergreen.   In 1991 Barry and I took it up the Inside Passage to Alaska.  Just the two of us and the dolphins—once again.  He was a great man, a great educator and a great friend; and he will be missed. 

 

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