Thomas Garden Barnes, Berkeley professor and advocate of Canadian history, dies at 80

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UC Berkeley history and law professor emeritus Thomas Garden Barnes, who was known as an erudite academe of English, French, American and Canadian law and history, died Tuesday. He was 80.

Born April 29, 1930, Barnes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1952, and went on to receive his doctorate in history at Oxford University three years later.

Barnes began teaching history and law at UC Berkeley in 1960 and retired in 2005 after 45 years of service. He was named a professor of history and law emeritus in January 2006, and is considered one of the leading historians of legal history in the 17th century, according to Roger Hahn, a campus history professor emeritus and long-time colleague of Barnes.

Family members of Barnes could not be reached for comment by press time....
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