Colorado State University Professor Emeritus Charles W. Barney of Fort Collins died on
Saturday, June 17, after suffering a heart attack at Poudre Valley Hospital. He was 91.
    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30, at Foothills Unitarian
Church, 1815 Yorktown, in Ft. Collins. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.
    Dr. Barney was born on April 17, 1915, in Brewster, N.Y., the son of Ralph S. Barney and
Betsy Markham Barney. He married Frances Johnson on April 10, 1943, in Sergeantsville, N.J.
He and his wife had met while they were both graduate students at the University of Vermont.
    As a child, he lived in Scio, N.Y., and Cuba, N.Y. He graduated from Cuba (N.Y.) High
School in 1933. He earned his B.S. degree cum laude in forest management in 1938 from the
New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. He was elected to Phi Kappa Phi and
Alpha Xi Sigma in 1938. He earned an M.S. in silvics from the University of Vermont in 1939.
    He began his doctoral studies at Duke University in 1939, but those studies were
interrupted by work and military service. He was an agricultural aide and junior forester for the
Soil Conservation Service of Central New York from July 1941 to March 1942, when he was
drafted into the U.S. Army.
    He was in the infantry and then attended Engineer Officer Candidate School and became a
second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He then attended Photo Intelligence School with the
Army Air Force and from September 1944 on, he was a photo intelligence officer with the 10th
Air Force in India and the 14th Air Force in China. He was honorably discharged as a first
lieutenant in March 1946. He also was an instructor at the U.S. Army Camouflage School from
1943 to 1944. The skills he learned as a photo interpreter were translated into an expertise in
photogrammetry, a subject he taught for many years at CSU.
    Dr. Barney resumed his studies in 1946 and in 1947 received the first Doctorate of
Forestry (D.F.) degree granted at Duke University.
    He joined the faculty of Colorado A&M in Ft. Collins in 1947 as an assistant professor. In
summer 1947, he conducted watershed research for Rocky Mountain Forest and Range
Experiment Station and windbreak research for the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station in
Woodland Park, Colo., before he and his wife moved to Ft. Collins. He was promoted to
associate professor in 1949 and was named full professor in 1951. He retired as professor
emeritus in 1981.
    Dr. Barney’s research primarily focused on tree root development. His doctoral thesis was
a study of factors affecting root growth of loblolly pine, and he also studied the effects of soil
temperature and light intensity on root growth. He also conducted research involving windbreaks
and shelterbelts of ponderosa pine. He was the principal investigator on a McIntire-Stennis
research project entitled "Internal water stress and establishment of ponderosa pine," funded in
1970. He also was the author of a number of scholarly papers and one book, Forest Tree Planting
in Arid Zones, co-written with A.Y. Goor of Israel (Roland Press, New York, 1968, 1976). He
collaborated with Dean Robert Dils in the preparation of a "Bibliography of Clearcutting in
Western Forests" in 1972 and in the past 10 years completed a bibliography on mistletoes,
finishing the work begun by a colleague.
    He taught courses in forest ecology, photogrammetry, forest photo interpretation,
silvicultural systems, world forestry and silvics. He was instrumental in establishment of the
major in watershed management at CSU, the first such major in the United States. He was fully
involved in the forestry school’s summer camp instruction program at Pingree Park for five
weeks each year for many years.
    Dr. Barney was considered one of the most scholarly members of the College of Natural
Resources faculty and was frequently called on for counsel by his colleagues. He mentored
numerous master’s and doctoral graduate students, including many foreign students. He had a
reputation for being a dedicated and demanding teacher and for being serious about the quality of
his students’ work, spending long hours with his graduate students to bring their thesis
manuscripts up to his standards. His office door was always open to students, and few faculty
members observed longer hours at their desks.
    He served as chair of the department of forest management for 14 years, from 1952 to
1966. He also was on the CSU Library Council (11 years), the Catalog Committee (four years),
the Scholastic Standards Committee (17 years), Graduate Council (eight years) and the Summer
Session Advisory Committee (two years).  
    Dr. Barney was a member of the Society of American Foresters and served as vice
chairman and chairman of the Division of Silviculture in 1963 and 1964 and as the Long’s Peak
Chapter historian from 1977 to 1979. He also was a charter member of the Soil Conservation
Society of America and a life member of the American Society of Photogrammetry. Other
memberships included the Forest History Society, American Forestry Association, American
Society of Plant Physiologists and the North Carolina Academy of Science.
    He also was made a member of Xi Sigma Pi in 1948 and served as national president from
1958 to 1960. He also had been a member of Sigma Xi since 1940 and of Gamma Sigma Delta
since 1960. He was profiled in American Men and Women of Science and included in
Outstanding Educators of America.
    Dr. Barney was known by family, friends and colleagues for his dry wit, and he amused
many with his quick sense of humor. Among his pastimes, he was a philatelist and served as an
officer of the Fort Collins Stamp Club. For a while he was responsible for mailing the monthly
meeting notice, so he printed postcard announcements and drove around Larimer County to a
different post office each month to have the notices postmarked from a different spot. He enjoyed
Gilbert and Sullivan lyric operas and sang along as he listened to the music. He completed many
a crossword puzzle and also studied Chinese and other languages, using drill cards to practice his
vocabulary. He proudly raised two non-native trees by seed — a ginko and a Chinese maple —
which still grow in the yard at his home.
    He and his wife traveled to Europe after retirement but continued to enjoy the Colorado
mountains, in particular Pingree Park, where the Barney family had spent many summers. They
fondly remembered the faculty cabin on the beaver pond at Pingree Park where they stayed often
and were saddened when the cabin was burned in the 1994 fire at Pingree.
    Dr. Barney is survived by his daughter, Susan Barney Jones, of Boulder and her husband,
Richard Jones; a granddaughter, Kathryn Jones Grosscup, and her husband, Scott Grosscup, of
Glenwood Springs; a grandson, Peter Jones and his wife, Tara, of Boulder; and two
greatgrandsons, William Charles Grosscup and Nathan Paul Grosscup. He also is survived by
two nieces, Elizabeth Warren of Dallas and Lucinda B. Hedges of Rochester, N.Y.; a nephew,
Stuart M. Barney Jr., of Seattle; and two great nephews and a great niece.
    He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003; his brother, Stuart M. Barney, in 1978; his
son, Charles W. Barney Jr., in 1995; and his daughter, Deborah M. Barney, in 1973.    
Memorial contributions may be made to the Deborah M. Barney Memorial Award
Endowment at Colorado State University, care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road,
Fort Collins, CO 80526.