Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
(May 30, 1939 - March 17, 2020)
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Theodore Joseph Barth, Jr., passed away on March 17, 2020. He was 80 years old. Born on May 30, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, Ted was the oldest child of Theodore J. Barth, Sr. and Mary Barth. From a young age, Ted excelled in math and science. He attended St. Mary’s School in Colorado Springs, Colorado on a full academic scholarship throughout grade school and highschool until he graduated in 1957. Ted graduated summa cum laude from Regis College in Denver, Colorado with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1961. Having received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, he attended the University of Notre Dame and received his master's and doctoral degrees in Mathematics. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he went on to be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Notre Dame, a Visiting Faculty Member at Tulane University, and a Visiting Faculty Member at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1972, Professor Barth joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Riverside as a faculty member until he retired in 1992. Professor Barth contributed to the UCR and mathematical communities in numerous ways, serving on multiple Academic Senate committees and councils, as well as serving on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Student Services and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. As a mentor, he was an advisor for graduate and undergraduate students, and developed software programs to collect, compile, and run student assignments for the Mathematics Department. In research, Professor Barth focused on complex analysis and contributed a vast number of carefully produced referee reports and reviews. In the classroom, Professor Barth was a thoroughly well-prepared instructor. His message was clear, concise, and to the point. Professor Barth was known to be one of the most rigorous graders in the department, but his supportive and friendly personality also made him an extremely well liked and respected teacher. Professor Barth was a train enthusiast and an avid photographer. Ted was incredibly generous and gave to many organizations, as well as supporting the education of his grand nieces and nephews, and his great-grand nieces. Ted is survived by his sister Mary Ann and the generations of nieces and nephews from his family.