Doug and June Barber honoured by university and Faculty of Engineering

by Sarah Anstett
June 2, 2017

Engineering Professor Emeritus Doug Barber and his wife, June, have been recognized as honorary members of the McMaster University Alumni Association.

On May 31, the couple was recognized at the 2017 McMaster Alumni Awards, an annual ceremony that honours members of the McMaster community for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions.

Doug and June have long histories of supporting the University, the Faculty of Engineering, and its surrounding community. Doug is the now-retired President and CEO of Gennum Corporation, which designs and manufactures integrated circuits. He was a part-time Engineering Physics Professor at McMaster University from 1968 to 1994. In 2001 he was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence. He is a past chair and continuing member of the Board of Governors and former chair of the Faculty of Engineering Dean's Advisory Board.

Among his many accomplishments, Doug has received Honorary Doctorates of Science from McMaster University and the University of Saskatchewan in addition to an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He was named Ontario’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 and in 2006, Dr. Barber was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Doug is a fellow and past board member of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and a recipient of the APEO Engineering Medal.

June is a former registered nurse, trained in Saskatoon, Sask., and London, England. June is a former President of the McMaster Women’s Club and is a steadfast community volunteer. It was through her involvement with the McMaster Women’s Club that June was introduced to pottery and, through training at the Dundas Valley School of Art, June soon became an active, established fixture in the Hamilton-area artist community where she founded Textures Craftworks, an award-winning artisan collective.

The couple are actively philanthropic and are committed to fostering student success and supporting local organizations. Doug and June have been exceptionally generous to McMaster, supporting renovations of Alumni Memorial Hall, the creation of student bursaries, and the SELECT leadership program in Engineering. Recently the couple contributed $1.5M to the Gerald Hatch Centre for Experiential Learning at McMaster, which is expected to open in the summer of 2017.

In celebration of their 80th birthdays, the couple was honoured by the Faculty of Engineering at a unique Festschrift on June 1st 2017. Colleagues, friends, and family gathered to pay tribute to Doug’s many contributions to the engineering profession and to business development, academia, and his community. In addition, the event honoured June for her contributions to Hamilton’s art community, and to her commitment to McMaster University. The program was emceed by long-time friends and colleagues, Jeff Crelinsten and Art Heidebrecht and was attended by senior members of the University.  

Doug and June Barber

Doug and June Barber. Photo by Mike Lalich.

A special thank you gift from McMaster Engineering students made using Mechanical Engineering's laser engraver.

McMaster University Engineering students and Ishwar K. Puri, dean of McMaster Engineering, share a thank you message.

Friends and family wish Doug and June Barber a happy 80th birthday.


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