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    Michaun, Paul, Justice
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  2. To The Barner Family,

    Sending thoughts and prayers to each of you during this difficult time. The Lord Bless and keep each of you and give you peace. Dr Barner will always be remembered and hold a special place in our hearts.

  3. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Earl Barner and the Barner family. May God give you all Peace that surpasses all understanding in this time of bereavement.

    Robert and Cora Noble
    Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.

  4. May you find solace in knowing how many lives were touched by him. “To teach a child, is to touch the future”

  5. May the Lord provide the comfort and Peace that only He can provide during this time. My greatest condolences.

  6. What a genuine gentleman! Please accept our condolences during this time of grief. May the loving arms of GOD surround and comfort you!

  7. Gone But Not Forgotten

    I met Dr. Barner in 2010 when he was my professor for a course in the doctoral program at Pepperdine University. From the moment I met Dr. Barner, I knew I was in the presence of greatness. An educator’s educator, he captivated us with his positive energy and dynamic presence. He demanded excellence from us and above all, he wanted to inspire and to be inspired to see the endless possibilities of what is possible. Dr. Barner was always enthusiastically approachable – a genuine person who always welcomed questions and encouraged his students to ask questions. He had a gift for providing real-life examples and making coursework pertinent and deeply meaningful for students.

    With that signature twinkle in his eyes, he could uplift anyone’s spirit with his limitless optimism and infectious, wondrous spirit.

    My relationship with Dr. Barner extended beyond the classroom. After earning my degree, I was brought on as an adjunct professor. We met periodically for lunch to talk about ways to build and improve upon the program’s strengths. He was also tremendously influential as one of my most valued mentors.

    What stood out the most was his Christian values. I recall the peace and serenity that would come over a room when he delivered the benediction at Pepperdine events. Dr. Barner embodied the University mission where faculty, staff, and students of diverse cultures and perspectives work collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose, meaningful service, and personal fulfillment.

    In the words of George Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

    Dr. Barner left an indelible impression on us. For he has made the world different by his presence. Our memories of him are now even more beautiful. He may be gone but, Dr. Robert Barner, you will never be forgotten!

  8. Dr. Barner touched many lives and his legacy will continue. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

  9. Dr. Barner inspired me to be the administrator I am. I will always keep his list of “How to Stay Out of Trouble” and hie letter of recommendation. His love of education and for those of us in the field doing the work will forever be a shining light. Dr. Barner earned his place up above.

  10. Today I write in celebration of the life, love, and wisdom that God gave Dr. Robert R. Barner, Sr. in the field of education. Dr. Barner was an inspiration to countless educators. Thank you Dr. Barner for all that you did in the field, bless you. You will be counted among the great educational leaders. Bless you and take your rest!

  11. God places people in your life for various reasons that may never become known. I am thankful to know that through Anita I have been blessed to know the Barner family more intimately through the years. Dr. Robert Barner contributed to my life in a magnificent way by serving on my disseration committee. He shaped and guided my research in a way that will produce results for others in years to come. I am eternally grateful. The Barner family supported me through the passing of my father. I will continue to serve his family as he graciously did for mine. Praise God for the life of Dr. Robert Barner.


    I am compelled to pay homage to an old friend: Bobby Barner! Pardon me if I use his informal name; the name that we used while attending college together! Bobby passed away a week ago!

    In 1966, the University of Redlands admitted it first “large” class of African Americans: 13 in total! Both Bobby and I were in this group, and we spent 4 years seeking, and achieving, academic success! Bobby was a pre-med major and after graduation he attended the USC Medical School. Changing interests, he found himself in the field of education. It was Bobby who piqued my interest in community college, which became my career focus.

    Over the years, our paths crossed in various ways! As a member of the Los Angeles Southwest College campus, I remember teaching a college class on the campus of Manual Arts High School where he, eventually, became principal. We spoke of the importance of bilingualism (he was fluent in Spanish), old friends, and future plans. I attended UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, in the specialization of Administrative and Policy Studies; so, did Bobby! I was a major winner on the television game show, The Joker’s Wild; so was Bobby! He, however, went on to impact local education in ways I never did. He served as an Assistant Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and, later, as the Assistant Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Department of Education. Eventually, he became a faculty member at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

    For those who knew him, Bobby was an insightful, inquisitive, and helpful friend and professional: he mentored many! He will be missed by family, friends, and society. May he rest in peace. . .but may his spirit of activism, teachings, and helpfulness live on in the form of those he mentored and helped, who continue to mentor and help others!

  13. Dear Barner Family, Thank you for sharing this God fearing extraordinary man of integrity, compassion and brilliance with us. May Dr. Barner’s spirit, love for people and commitment to education be forever etched in our hearts for eternity.

  14. I worked under the leadership of Dr. Barner when he was the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Programs for Los Angeles County Office of Education. He was a kind and compassionate man. He led with wisdom and integrity and he will always be a bright star in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  15. To the Barner family
    It was an honor to work with Dr. Barner at Manual Arts High School. May God continue to be with you now and forever.

  16. Dr. Barner was a wonderful principal… I remember him while a student at Manual Arts HS many years ago. He was friendly and always encouraged us to be our personal best. My condolences to his family.

  17. To the family of Dr. Barner. My name is Nathaniel Bouie (Rochester, NY). I am one of the last students that Dr. Barner brought into the Pepperdine family back in 2016. I was commuting from NYC to LA and despite that distance he still made me feel as if I belonged there. He retired a few weeks after I began my doctorate but I made sure that I kept in touch. He left me with some empowering words that I carry with me still and I believed in what he was telling me. To inspire a man is to give new life and purpose. Dr. Barner did that for me. I only wish that he could have seen what that inspiration has become. My deepest sympathies for all that share in this loss, especially the Barner family. If there is ever anything I can do or a kind word I can offer, please contact me and I will oblige. Blessings to the Barner family.

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