In Memoriam

Twiley W. Barker Jr. (1926-2009)

Twiley W. Barker Jr., longtime professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, died at a hospital in Chicago after a long respiratory illness. He was 83 years old.

With his brother, political scientist Lucius Barker, Twiley Barker coauthored the widely used textbook Civil Liberties and the Constitution: Cases and Commentaries. First published in 1970, the textbook is now in its eighth edition and is used in upper-level political science courses at colleges and universities across the United States.

A native of Louisiana, his parents were both schoolteachers. Twiley and Lucius both picked cotton to earn extra money for the family. Twiley Barker attended Tuskegee Institute but left to join the Army. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Southern University after World War II.

Twiley Barker earned a master’s and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois. He taught at Southern University for five years before joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1962. He taught there for 32 years.

Kenneth M. Stampp (1912-2009)

Kenneth Stampp, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California at Berkeley, died last month in Oakland at the age of 96. Stampp’s 1956 book, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South, was a landmark study that inspired a new generation of scholarly study on slavery in America.

Stampp was a native of Milwaukee. He held bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in history, all from the University of Wisconsin. He was hired to the Berkeley faculty in 1946 and remained there until his retirement in 1983. In 1965 he participated in the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in Alabama.