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The Barber Scholarship

          Clayton C. Barber was born on June 4, 1890 in Shelby, Michigan. In   1944, after considerable
          experience as a salesman, cook, and custodian in   Michigan and Ohio, Barber came to New
          Mexico. In October of 1951 he began   work as a custodian with the University of New Mexico.  
          One of his early   assignments was on the cleanup crew. Because of his interest and diligence, he
          was given a unique merit increase in March of 1952. Subsequently, he was   assigned to
          Zimmerman Library, and soon earned a written commendation. His   final salary, in 1954, was
          $196 per month.


          In October of 1954, Barber   became quite ill with cancer and was hospitalized. After one
          successful   operation on his prostate, it was determined that the cancer was incurable. He   passed
          away at the Bernalillo County Indian Hospital on February 18, 1955.   In accordance with his
          wishes, Barber’s remains were cremated and his ashes   sprinkled in the grove of trees due west of
          Zimmerman   Library.


          Barber's expenses during his illness were covered in five ways;   by all accumulated annual and
          sick leave, by University hospitalization and   medical insurance, by Department of Public
          Welfare assistance, by two   UNM-sponsored raffles totaling $466, and by direct donation by
          UNM faculty   and staff.


          It should be noted that Barber was not entitled to disability   retirement because he had not been
          with UNM the minimum ten years that are   required. The UNM group life insurance payment to
          Barber’s wife, Agnes May   Barber, amounted to $5,000. Being a frugal woman, Mrs. Barber
          requested that   $4,000 of this be held in escrow. She wanted only $1,000 in a checking account   to
          enable her to pay funeral expenses and take up her own independent   existence. Personnel from
          the Physical Plant helped Mrs. Barber establish a   social security benefit and relocate in a
          reasonable apartment convenient to   the public library, for she spent a lot of time reading.


          In April of   1955, Mrs. Barber made out a last will and testament bequeathing the Barber   estate to
          the University of New Mexico. Since in previous discussions both   Mr. and Mrs. Barber had
          indicated that a scholarship fund for Physical Plant   employees would be appropriate, the Clayton
          C. and Agnes May Barber   Scholarship Fund was established.


          On December 4, 1955, after an illness   of only ten days, Agnes May Barber passed away. In
          accordance with her   wishes, her ashes were scattered near her husband’s on the Zimmerman
          Library lawn.