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Paul Brandon Barringer

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Paul Brandon Barringer, MD, LLD, February 13, 1857 – January 9, 1941 was the sixth president of Virginia Tech, serving from September 1, 1907 through July 1, 1913 He was also chairman of the faculty at the University of Virginia from 1895 through 1903

Barringer was the son of Confederate General Rufus Barringer and was named after his paternal grandfather, General Paul Barringer 1776-1835 His maternal grandfather Robert Hall Morrison, was a Presbyterian preacher and the first president of Davidson College Barringer was a nephew of Civil War Generals Stonewall Jackson and Daniel Harvey Hill who married his mother's sisters Barringer spent some of his childhood in Concord, North Carolina, where, as an eight-year-old, he beat Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis in a game of chess Davis had just fled Richmond, Virginia after the surrender of Robert E Lee

Barringer received his MD degree from the University of Virginia in 1877 and also received an MD from the University of the City of New York in 1877 He practiced medicine in Dallas, NC, for three years before going to Europe to study under medical specialists there On his return from Europe, he settled on a farm near Charlotte, NC, practicing medicine and farming He also established and headed a medical preparatory school at Davidson College from 1884 to 1889, when he accepted a position as chair of Physiology at University of Virginia He served as chairman of the faculty at UVa then equivalent to president from 1895-1903 From 1903 until he accepted the presidency at VPI in 1907 at age 50, he was professor of therapeutics and pharmacology at UVa Barringer resigned the VPI presidency in 1913 and returned to Charlottesville, where he practiced medicine with the exception of a few years in military service during World War I He died in Charlottesville on Jan 9, 1941, at age 83

As chairman of the faculty of the University of Virginia, Barringer oversaw major revision of the medical curriculum with the addition of the clinical years of education He also was the main driving force behind the construction and staffing of the first University of Virginia Hospital

Barringer's gravestone at the University of Virginia Cemetery in Charlottesville, Virginia

Dr Barringer was the author of one of the standard works on the history of the University of Virginia: "University of Virginia : its history, influence, equipment and characteristics, with biographical sketches and portraits of founders, benefactors, officers and alumni" 1904

Barringer Hall, a residence hall on the Virginia Tech campus that houses 220 male students is named for him The Barringer Wing at the University of Virginia Health System, a hospital he was instrumental in founding is named in honor of Dr Barringer

His home in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Barringer Mansion, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982

References

  1. ^ "Virginia Tech President Paul Brandon Barringer" Speclibvtedu Retrieved 2016-11-18 
  2. ^ "University of Virginia; its history, influence, equipment and characteristics, with biographical sketches and portraits of founders, benefactors, officers and alumni Book, 1904" 2016-05-10 Retrieved 2016-11-18 
  3. ^ National Park Service 2010-07-09 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  • Barringer Genealogy
  • Virginia Tech official library site

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