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Monday October 5th, 2020
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Terry A. Barnhart

Terry A. Barnhart, age 67, of Charleston, Illinois, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Carle Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.  Born on December 13, 1952 in Middletown, Ohio, he was the son of Russell and Helen (Hanks) Barnhart.  He was a 1971 graduate of Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio.  Terry attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education (’71), Master of Arts in History (’80) and PhD in History (’89).  Terry taught high school in Melbourne, Australia for two years followed by teaching middle school at Preble Shawnee.  From 1983-1994 he was an Associate Curator and Director of Special Projects at the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.  Prior to retiring in 2018, he was a Professor of History at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.  His passion for history, research and writing led him to publish numerous books, articles, and journal contributions.  Terry cherished spending time with family, enjoying music and was a life-long Cleveland Browns fan.  Terry is survived by his wife of forty-six years Jody (Asher) Barnhart, son Adrian (Lisa) Barnhart and grandchildren Hallie, Ryan, Nick, Jake of Lewis Center, Oho and son Andy and grandchildren Arabella and Zayden of Toledo, Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 1:00 pm until time of funeral service at 2:00 pm at the Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 113 Ada Doty Street, Gratis, Ohio, followed immediately by a brief graveside service at Fairview Cemetery, Gratis, Ohio.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindloffzimmerman.com.


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I just sent an email to check in with Dr. Barnhart and it came back no longer available. I am devastated. He impacted my life tremendously. I wish I had known. There is nothing that would have kept me away from the services. He was a mentor, friend and inspiration to me. He was one of my biggest cheerleaders during my time at EIU. He will truly be missed. I did not email often, but I had mentioned to him when I thought of him I had to reach out. I am sadden for the missed opportunity. You are in my prayers. In the video is obvious he loved his family very much.

Karen Franklin May 13 2022 10:06 AM

I'm shocked to find that Terry has passed! He was a great inspiration while working together at OHS. The last time I saw him, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Miami at Hamilton a couple of years ago. We had a chance to catch up and laugh about how historians never retire, we just keep finding new things to research!

Susan Deister Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

I was sad to read of Terry's passing in the AASLH The Weekly Dispatch. I was a student in the Historical Administration Program at EIU during Terry's first year in Charleston. He had a major impact upon my professional development in the museum field, always being a wise and thoughtful counsel...and a fantastic cheerleader of my career. How fortunate to have had Terry in my professional career!

Ingrid M. Nyholm-Lange Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

I was so sad to learn of Terry's passing. I worked Terry and his EIU students when I was at the Early American Museum in Mahomet in the late 1990s. His passion for his students' learning and commitment to public history came through in everything he did.

Trevor Jones Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to Jodie and family. Terry was a great childhood friend and cousin. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.

Valerie Nixon Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to hear about Terry. He was an amazing man. Hugs and prayers to the family - I am thinking of you all!

Kelly Best Hutti Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

Jodie and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I remember Terry fondly from high school.

Mary Bullen Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

Jodie and Sons. So sorry to hear of your loss. We are sending you our deepest sympathies and keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Joe & Rita Kimball Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Barnhart. After taking some time for this to sink in, it's still hard to come up with the words to fully convey the impact Dr. Barnhart had on his HA students and the public history/museum field. A great instructor and also the type of teacher who made you ponder at a deeper level. His 20th century US cultural history class was the most relevant class I ever took. I think I can speak for my classmates by noting that the discussions were lively and energized and made us look at the world around quite differently. After leaving the program, you could count on Dr. Barnhart to be a tremendous advisor in our jobs and careers. Seeing him and his smile at Symposium or conferences and to spend some time with him made the trip worth the effort. He is greatly missed.

Joe Kapler (HA '96) Oct 7 2020 12:00 AM

Dr Barnhart was one of my history professors at EIU. He made history come alive. Im so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Kayla (Duez) Emerson Oct 7 2020 12:00 AM

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