L. Dean BarkL. Dean Bark

Professor Emeritus L. Dean Bark 84, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Meadowlark retirement community in Manhattan.  Dean began his higher education at Neosho Community College and the University of  Kansas. He earned a B.S. in 1948 and an M.S. in 1950 from the University of Chicago. He completed  his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in 1954.  Following a year as a climatologist with the U.S. Weather Bureau in Washington D.C., he  joined the KSU Physics Department as an Associate Professor of in 1956. He became a Professor of Physics in 1967 and retired in 1999.  In addition to his faculty positions Dean was the Acting State Climatologist for Kansas from 1973 - 1990.

Through most of his career at K-State Dean taught a general education course, Descriptive Meteorology, as well as advanced courses in climatology.  He also maintained the Kansas Weather Data Library, a service of the K-State Agricultural Research and Extension. 

Dean was constantly involved in educational outreach.  He gave many public lectures on weather related topics.  Throughout his career he presented talks to elementary and secondary school students on weather and appropriate actions during severe weather.  These lectures were always illustrated with lively demonstrations.  Dean continued his involvement in school education after his retirement and was a frequent guest science teacher in the local schools.

Services for Dr. Bark will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 601 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

List of professional publications by L. Dean Bark from Google Scholar