Alumnus Alfred Barr added to Scholars’ Wall at Potomac State


Alfred Barr, Ph.D. (Class of 1953), a former resident of Rig, W.Va. who currently resides in Morgantown, W.Va., was recently honored at Potomac State College during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 26, with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.  The Scholars’ Wall was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly achievements of students, alumni and faculty.  

After earning an associate degree in agriculture from Potomac State in 1953, Dr. Barr continued his education at WVU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.  He received his master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate from Oklahoma State University. 

Dr. Barr retired from the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at WVU where he served as the associate director.  He was responsible for directing the establishment of research priorities; locating, securing and allocating funds; as well as the development of manuals and procedures. 

In addition to serving as a faculty member for 36 years and as an administrator in the College of Agriculture and Forestry, he was also the first director of the Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences which included a dairy processing plant, a meat processing plant, and three on-campus farms as well as three off-campus farms.

Dr. Barr and his faculty members also secured funding for a bull performance testing facility in Wardensville, W.Va. and for new dairy facilities and a large animal research facility in Morgantown, W.Va., for which he was responsible as well.

During his tenure as director, the graduate and research programs in Ruminant Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology were recognized as being among the best in the nation, with student enrollment soaring to an all-time high. 

Furthermore, Dr. Barr co-authored a proposal for testing agricultural technology transfer in West Virginia, securing a million dollar grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Prior to beginning his career at WVU, Dr. Barr worked for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C

Professional honors and awards include “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” for 1968 and “Outstanding Alumnus” in 1983 with WVU’s College of Agriculture & Forestry. He was inducted into the “West Virginia Agriculture & Forestry Hall of Fame” in 2001 and was also presented with the Alumni Achievement Award from Potomac State.

Dr. Barr is a member of American Men and Women of Science and a life member of the West Virginia Poultry Association.  He obtained Professor Emeritus status at WVU and is listed in Who’s Who in America.  Additionally, he has served on numerous committees, councils and boards of directors.