Barss, Alden Forest, 1888-1980

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Barss, Alden Forest, 1888-1980

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1888-1980

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Alden Forest Barss was born in New York State in 1888. He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester, a B.Sc. in agriculture from Cornell University, a Master's degree in horticulture from Oregon State College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Barss joined UBC's Department of Horticulture in 1918, eventually succeeding Dean F.M. Clement as Department head in 1940. He served in this position until his retirement in 1953. Barss also served as a member of the UBC Senate from 1924 to 1930 and was involved with the Inter-Fraternity Council. He was a member of many professional and scientific societies, and he gave several radio presentations on agricultural issues. Barss was an active member of St. Helen's Anglican Church in Vancouver. He also served from 1927 to 1971 on the Board of Governors of the Anglican Theological College of B.C. (later part of the Vancouver School of Theology), including twenty-five years as its secretary.

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