Thomas Garden Barnes, a professor emeritus of history and law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a leader in the development of Canadian studies in the United States, died on March 9 after suffering a stroke. He was 79.
Barnes was honored in 2009 with the 20/20 Vision Award of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. Other honors included being named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1962 and receiving a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial fellowship in 1970. The Canadian government gave Barnes a Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant in 1984 and in 2005 at UC Berkeley, the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies was established in his honor. Barnes received the Alexander Prize of the Royal Historical Society in 1958 and was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1959.