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Former K-State extension specialist makes gifts to biology and human nutrition

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

MANHATTAN KAN. - Mary P. Clarke Barkley, Fort Worth, Texas, has made a commitment of $100,000 to the Kansas State University Foundation to establish the Dr. T.M. (Ted) Barkley Botany Excellence Fund in memory of her late husband, an internationally known botanist and former K-State professor, and to establish the Dr. Mary Clarke Barkley Nutrition Education Excellence Fund.

K-State's Division of Biology will use the Dr. Ted Barkley fund to promote professional travel experiences for students, establish a distinguished lecture series in Barkley's name and enhance K-State's botany-related library collections. The Dr. Mary Clarke Barkley fund will be utilized by the Department of Human Nutrition in the College of Human Ecology to further nutrition education for older adults.

During his 37-year career at K-State as a professor, he was curator of the herbarium at K-State, administrator of Konza Prairie on two occasions and associate director of the Division of Biology. Barkley earned a bachelor's degree in botany from Kansas State University in 1955; a master's in botany at Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1957; and a doctorate in botany at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., in 1960. Mary P. Clarke Barkley is a retired K-State extension specialist in human nutrition. She earned a bachelor's degree in dietetics at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, 1950; a master's degree in foods and nutrition at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, 1970; and a doctorate in foods and nutrition at K-State in 1973.
Mary P. Clarke Barkley is a member of Presidents Club, a KSU Foundation leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State.

"Ted and I both love Kansas, K-State, our friends and our careers there," Barkley said. "We and our families enjoyed many happy years in Manhattan and we wanted to do something for K-State to honor the institution and to be of lasting value for students and the people of Kansas."

"Ted Barkley committed his career to botanical research and education, and was a distinguished member of our faculty," said Brian Spooner, director of the Division of Biology. "This gift will allow the Division of Biology to continue his contributions by bringing major plant biology investigators to campus for research presentations, by providing travel opportunities for student presentations, and by supporting the continued botanical collections work of the KSU Herbarium."

"Dr. Mary Clarke Barkley has had a long-term interest in nutrition for the elderly and even in her retirement continues to be active in publications in this area," said Denis Medeiros, head of the Department of Human Nutrition. "The department has been able to recruit faculty who have an interest in nutrition education in the elderly and her gift gives us a solid foundation on which to continue to build this emerging area of excellence in the Department of Human Nutrition. Dr. Clarke has been a long-time supporter of the department, particularly human nutrition extension, and was the interim head during a time when the department needed her most. We appreciate her gift to help others."

The KSU Foundation coordinates fundraising efforts with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to secure private support for Kansas State University.

This article was posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.