Terry Barnett, 69, died at his home on May 19 from the ravages of brain cancer. He was a generous, caring, brilliant man, an innovative teacher and a gifted photographer.
Terry was born to Howard Edward Barnett and Eunice Wikoff Barnett in Cincinnati, Ohio. After growing up on a farm in Morrow, Ohio, Terry attended Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the inaugural Public Policy program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Upon graduation, Terry worked for Senator Charles McC. Mathias of Maryland and later as an international trade lawyer in Washington, D. C.
Terry found his primary career in conflict management consulting and negotiations training and practice, working with his partner and mentor Roger Fisher. Teaching negotiations skills and helping to resolve conflicts large and small, Terry drew on an inventive mind, a strong interest in drawing out others, and an ability to see all sides of an issue.
In the fall of 2000, Terry moved to Chapel Hill and began to teach international conflict resolution in the Rotary Peace Scholars Program operated jointly by UNC and Duke University. His students were drawn from the Rotary scholars, graduate students at both universities and a few outstanding undergraduates. Terry enjoyed his students immensely, mentoring and guiding them as they began their own careers.
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Terry retired from teaching in 2009, turning his energy to travel and photography. He trained his eye to see the world around him, particularly working people all over the world. He published one photograph each day to a list of friends, carefully editing his daily photo and describing it in a wry caption.
Terry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Virginia Carson, and by his children Caroline Barnett, Hunter and Maria Leigh, Brandon Barnett and Rachel Stine. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Allison and two brothers, Robert Barnett and Bruce Barnett, two nieces and two nephews.
The family would like to thank the extraordinary care given by UNC Hospice and its cadre of skilled and devoted staff.