Herbert Barnes

By Arlin Ness, former president of AIEJI:

On February 14th 2012 the friends of AIEJI lost a special colleague.  Herb Barnes died in Florida, U.S.A., from a massive heart attack which he had experienced a few days before his passing.

Herb served on the AIEJI Board for a number of years.  During this time he was a tireless advocate for bringing the” Educature” philosophy of a “holistic” approach to the U.S. to strengthen services to young people.  In this regard he had established the ILEX program a professional exchange between the U.S. and Europe.  Numerous professionals from Europe over the years experienced a year or two in child care facilities across the U.S modeling the holistic approach for their American colleagues.  Herb was courageous in taking on “systems” that he believed were not serving Children and families in their best interests.

ON a personal note as his wife, Liese, wrote about Herb “His zest for life was infectious and he always was ready to take on a new challenge”.  Arlin Ness, former president of AIEJ writes, Herb Barnes was not only a personal friend but a colleague who enriched you by his friendship and his creative mind.  Emmanuel Grupper, Israeli AIEJI board member, writes “Herb was a unique and fascinating personality, always so optimistic on the one hand and realistic on the other.  We will always remember him as a great humanist and professional and especially a devoted friend to so many who already miss him so much”.

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3 Responses to “Herbert Barnes”

  • Dr. Walid Salhi:

    Social Educators in Arabic send their consolation to Herb’s Family and AIEJI Board members.


    Walid Salhi

    Board member

  • Karen Scott:

    R.I.P Herbert. The ILEX programme had significant importance for so many young european socialpedagogs, thanks to you.

    BR Karen Scott, FICE Denmark

  • Wim Geens:

    As a former Belgian ilex fellow I saw Herb as an inspiration. I am very happy I’ve known him and I wish Liese and his family the very best.

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