Jack Barnhouse, 75, died July 12, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013 | 12:50 p.m. CDT

Jack Barnhouse, 75, died July 12 of lung cancer at his home in Columbia.

No services are planned at this time.

Jack was born in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1938 and grew up in Little Rock. Jack joined the Army at 17, where he served in the cavalry in Japan. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked at a missile tracking station as an engineer. He then went to work for the CIA where he served as a station engineer at various locations including Cyprus, Puerto Rico, Okinawa and Bangkok. Jack left the CIA in 1970 and settled in Columbia, intent on pursuing degrees in English literature. Jack received his B.A. and his M.A. from the University of Missouri. As part of his studies, Jack discovered a great love and interest in the writing of Vardis Fisher whom he considered a woefully neglected American author.

For over thirty years, Jack taught English literature and composition at a number of local institutions, including eight years at Central Methodist College and thirty years at Columbia College. An innovative, creative and inspiring teacher, Jack believed deeply in the value of education to improve the lives of his students.

Jack’s wit, honesty, intelligence and compassion will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He leaves his wife and partner of 39 years, Carla McFarland, his son, Bill Barnhouse and his wife, Heidi, their son Noah Chilson, as well as many friends. His daughter, Jacolyn Barnhouse predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jacolyn Barnhouse Scholarship Fund at Columbia College or to

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