Bryan H. Barrows III, 61, died peacefully at home in Houston, Texas on June 30, 2013 after a heroic battle with cancer.
Barrows served as a long-time professor of speech, communications and humanities at Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, Texas, where he had been employed full time since August, 2000. His goal has always been to help his students make a difference in society.
Barrows had been press officer and director of public information at Prairie View A&M University. He was a native of Bryan, Texas, and has lived in Waco, Corpus Christi and Houston alternately.
Barrows was the only child of Bryan H. Barrows Jr., and Mabel Sadberry Barrows who were both career teachers and public servants who instilled faith in God, character and integrity in the life of their son.
Professor Barrows received more than 33 awards in his professional life. Most notably, he has been twice awarded the NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence, received the designation of “Teacher of the Year” twice (Del Mar College) and has accepted the “Cleo Glenn-Johnson Humanitarian Service Award”. Barrows had been honored as a “Distinguished Public Servant and Humanitarian” by the Texas House of Representatives and Harris County Commissioners. The professor accepted the North Harris College Faculty Excellence Award, 2004-05. He was also chosen (by students) as full time Professor of the Semester (Fall 2007) by Texas State Teacher’s Association Chapter SP.
Barrows had been honored in the field of print journalism (Houston Defender Editorial Award) and twice received national acclaim in television accepting the Star Film and Video Festival’s Excellence in Television Award. He was awarded a major grant by Corporation for Public Broadcast (CPB) for the production of a national radio program, “Critical Decision Health-Wise”, aired on Public Broadcasting System (PBS).
Barrows received an award for “writing and performance excellence” in his play on the civil rights movement “WHO WAS MARTIN LUTHER KING?” by Wolfman Productions Co., conferred at West Point Military Academy, NY.
Noting fifteen years of excellence in lectureship in the field of humanities, Barrows recently received a “Distinguished Lecturer” award from Grayson Co. College.
Due to his never-ending support of Phi Theta Kappa and student success, Barrows was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at LSC-North Harris, only the 15th person to receive the honor since 1974.
Barrows is preceded in death by his parents Bryan H. Barrows Jr., and Mabel Sadberry Barrows and Blanche Barrows, his aunt.
Barrows leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Dee; his stepchildren, Jerry, Gerald, Marshall and Michelle; faculty, staff he called friends from LSC-North Harris and countless students whose life he indeed helped make a difference in society.
Barrows will be remembered by the statement he regularly paraphrased from the parable in Luke 12:48 of the Holy Bible “To whom much is given, much is required,” and by his example to others.