Edward Louis Barrett
August 11, 1917 - August 4, 2016
Edward Louis Barrett, 98, passed away of natural causes August 4, 2016 in Medford, Ore. Born August 11, 1917 in Wellington, Kans., Ed grew up in Bountiful, Utah and graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan. He completed law school at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley and married Beth Lockhart before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942.
After serving in the South Pacific during World War II, he joined the Boalt Hall faculty. In 1951 he published The Tenney Committee, an investigation of California's version of the House Un-American Activities Committee. He also co-edited Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials, which became a standard textbook in the field. As Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General, he played a key role in drafting the 1957 Civil Rights Bill.
In 1964 he became the first dean of the new law school at the University of California at Davis, which he guided for seven years before returning to teaching until his retirement in 1986. Ed and Beth moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford in 1992. Retirement brought opportunity for extensive travel which continued after Beth's passing in 2002, and for volunteer work in several local organizations.
Ed is survived by his children, Douglas, Susan, and Kent; and by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Ed at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 15, in the Sunrise Room of the Rogue Valley Manor. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Manor Medical Transportation Fund, 1200 Mira Mar, Medford, Ore. 97504.