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The Passing of Dr. Judith A. Barnes

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Passing of Dr. Judith A. Barnes

It is with great sadness I share the news that Dr. Judith A. Barnes passed away peacefully on Friday, December 14, 2018. She was 70.

A 1970 B.A. graduate of Russell Sage College, she was a Kellas Scholar and class president for three years. Upon receiving her master’s and doctoral degrees in communication and rhetoric/philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1984, she went on to become an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the Lally School of Management, teaching technical communications and leadership. Additionally, Dr. Barnes was Board Chair of the Sage Colleges from 1997 through 2004.

She started her consulting firm, J.A. Barnes & Company, in 1971, working for such high-profile clients as The Discovery Channel, General Motors, Cohoes/Burlington Coat Factory, and many more.

Dr. Barnes received numerous awards and honors, including the Albert Fox Demers Alumni Medal from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Rensselaer Alumni Association Fellows Award and Alumni Key Award, and the Rensselaer County Women of Achievement Award for Economic Development. She was a member of several community organizations and an active fundraiser for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, the Arts Center in Troy, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Friends of Washington Park, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and the Albany Medical Center.

An accomplished author, Dr. Barnes wrote and published several books that dealt with communication. In 2004, she co-wrote and produced a short film titled “The Crux.”

A celebration of Dr. Barnes’ life will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019, at noon at the Oakwood Cemetery Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel, 186 Oakwood Avenue, Troy, NY 12182.

Please join me in remembering a dear friend of Rensselaer, Dr. Judith A. Barnes.