In loving memory of Barth Elliot Mapes, who died on March 12, 2009 at the age of 84.  He was a resident of Kendal at Ithaca.

            Barth came to Ithaca as a Cornell student following WW II, during which he served as an Army Air Corp pilot with a special love of B25s.  After graduation in 1949 he was the manager of two different farms, one in Geneva, and one in Mount Kisco, New York.  Returning to campus in November 1953, he began a long career in the Department of Animal Husbandry/Animal Science, where he served five department chairs in administrative tasks.  He was involved in the planning and building of Morrison Hall and the Teaching and Research Center, where he served as Operations Manager. A dedicated student advisor, Barth enjoyed knowing and guiding over 300 students before he retired in 1988.

            Barth is survived by his wife, Martha Clark Mapes, daughter Kathryn Clark, son Barth David (Rhonda), four granddaughters, Gwynne, Becky, Anna and Meghan, and his sister Carol Lane (William).  He was the second son of John Pelton Mapes and Lela Scheuren Mapes of Monticello, New York.  His parents and brother, John F. (Alice) of Manlius, are deceased.

            Barth’s Ithaca activities included school, church, and Cornell activities: PTA Co-President at Northeast School, Cub Scout leader, Sunday School teacher and Chairman of the Board, at First Methodist Church, Ithaca, as well as deacon, elder, and member of the Finance Committee at First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca. He was a charter member, president and treasurer of the Ithaca Cayuga Rotary as well as a Paul Harris designee. Other activities included Ithaca Yacht Club (youth activities), Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Sphinx Head Honor Society, and Grad Fax Dance Club.  He often drove for the FISH organization.

            Martha and Barth enjoyed a close and happy life and were privileged to have a wonderful daughter, son and daughter-in-law, and four lovely granddaughters, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Family life included many treasured moments such as times spent at home in Ithaca and Lansing, and at the family cottage in Ontario, Canada. Family travels included a camping trip to Oregon, a train trip to Jasper, Banff, and Vancouver, and two-week trips to Alaska and Scotland/England.  In addition, Martha and Barth enjoyed many trips to Europe and the Scandinavian countries.  Cornell Alumni trips took them to France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Argentina, Chili and New Zealand.

            In addition to traveling, Barth loved being outdoors farming and gardening and indoors reading, dancing, or playing and watching basketball. He also enjoyed following the New York Yankees like his father and grandfather, who early on took him to Yankee Stadium.

Most of all, Barth liked people and they liked him.  A tribute from a high school classmate still stands true: “There were few people in our class who earned the admiration that Barth did and deserved.  I had a tremendous respect for him and his gentlemanly ways.  He was a good man.”

Memorials may be directed to the Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY 14882 or the Salvation Army, 150 N. Albany St., Ithaca, NY 14850.  A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM, followed by a reception at Kendal Retirement Community on Triphammer Road.  Family may be contacted at 405 Savage Farm Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.