The daughter of the family who owned the house where he stayed, Peg McDowell, would eventually become a lifelong friend and would become “like a grandmother” to Barber’s children.
After graduating from Champlain, which was at that time slated to close in favor of building the new Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Barber met his wife-to-be while they both took an adult art course at Plattsburgh High School. Elizabeth Mulligan had come to Plattsburgh from Glasgow, Scotland.
While in college, Barber had worked part-time for a local surveyor. He would balance that experience with his educational training to put together a successful career as an independent surveyor and construction worker.
He was also very outspoken during his day and would challenge the Plattsburgh political leaders when he felt they were not doing as well as they should. He was also a regular contributor to the Letters to the Editor page of the Press-Republican.
It was a lifetime ago when Barber accepted his diploma from Champlain College with pride, but it has been a lifetime filled with memories and accomplishments.
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