Barry R. \nHammond, 75, of Butler, died Friday, August 7, 2020, \nin the ICU at Butler Hospital. \nBorn March \n23, 1945, in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late \nLafayette Hammond and Annis Underwood Hammond.\n\nHe graduated from Easton High School in 1963, and \nfrom Dickinson College in 1967, then from the \nUniversity of Pittsburgh, where he earned a PhD in \nPolitical Science. He started teaching Political \nScience at Slippery Rock University in 1969. He also \ncreated and taught undergraduate and graduate \nprograms in Public Administration during his 35-year \ntenure at SRU. He was active, especially at the \nstate level, in the faculty union (APSCUF). He was \nalso an active member of the national Public \nAdministration educators association. \n\n\nHe enjoyed challenging all his students to develop \ncritical thinking skills, and he made a special \neffort, inspired by the quiet example of his Mother, \na Quaker, to encourage female students to pursue \nnon-traditional careers. He spent time in Italy, \nfirst as an undergraduate, later doing research on \nItalian politics. When he traveled, Barry enjoyed \nplaces where he could learn more about cultures, \nhistory, geography and geology, including Alaska, \nAustralia, New Zealand, and National Parks within \nthe continental USA.\n\nHe poured equal intensity into physical pursuits \nlike tennis. He learned to sail on Lake Arthur, then \ngraduated to keeping a boat on Chesapeake Bay. He \ncompeted in several Annapolis-to-Bermuda races with \nfriends he had made racing at Lake Arthur, but most \nof his Chesapeake time was spent cruising. Later he \nbegan golfing at St. Jude in Chicora, where he \ndeveloped a new set of friends, who enriched his \nlife with their competitive humor and diverse \nbackgrounds.\n\nBarry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Debbie, \nhis older brother, Nelson, his nephew Christopher \n(wife Angela), and two great nieces, Eva and Isla \nHammond. He was also close to many surviving \nin-laws, including two brothers-in-law, Dan \n(Christina) & Tim (Geri) Eno, two sisters-in-law, \nMarty Tollefsen & Becky Eno, five nieces & nephews \n(Tracey & John Eno, Alison Sprankle, Albert &, \nAndrew Tollefsen) and six great nieces & nephews (Krissy, \nElla & Abby Sprankle, Andrew & Alden Tollefsen, and \nAshley Hall). They learned to appreciate his ability \nto be obstinate and his consistent complaining. Like \nan injured great horned owl at Deep Creek, MD, which \nthe family decided was Barry's "spirit animal", he \nenjoyed being "cranky, with attitude".\n\nHe was preceded in death by his younger sister, \nPatricia.\n\nThe family thanks the staff at Butler Hospital, \nespecially ICU staff, for their excellent care of \nBarry, both 2 years ago when they got him through a \nfive-month battle with treatment-resistant \npneumonia, and more recently during his battle with \nulcerative colitis. Two of his recent ICU nurses, \nJen and Diana, plus Peggy from housekeeping, \ncelebrated a small reunion with Barry when they \nrealized all three of them had enjoyed interactions \nwhen Barry first entered ICU in December, 2017. It \nwas a lovely bright spot before a cascade of \nadditional medical problems ended his life. \n\nWe also \nwish to express special gratitude to Dr. Mark \nProvenzano and Dr. John Love, who treated Barry \nduring both series of ICU hospitalizations. We have \ncontinuing gratitude to Barry's PCP, Dr. Kevin \nLeighton, who has cared for Barry for decades with \nknowledge, patience and humor, all of which Barry \nhimself greatly enjoyed and appreciated.\n\nAny donations in memory of Barry can be made to \nButler Health System, Dickinson College, the \nUniversity of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University, \nor to any institution of higher learning.\n\nArrangements were handled by Thompson-Miller Funeral \nHome, 124 E. North Street, Butler, PA 16001.