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49ers Lose A Friend In Dr. Dan Barber
Dr. Dan Barber passed away Monday.

Dr. Dan Barber passed away Monday.

Jan. 15, 2014

Long Beach, Calif. - Former professor and Long Beach State athletics supporter Dr. Dan Barber died Monday, taking away a long-time 49er community member and reporter.

Barber, or as he was affectionately known, Dr. Dan, was a professor at Long Beach State in the Public Policy Department, creating a grant writing course and ascending to become Director of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration. Following his retirement, Barber proceeded to pursue one of his passions from his days at the University of Miami, turned to sports reporting, spending over a decade writing for the Gazettes Newspapers and the Long Beach Post.

Dr. Dan's "Diamond Dust" was a perennial addition into Dirtbags game programs, and his "Dust Plus" for the Long Beach Post was a roundup of news and information from all of Long Beach State's sports, of which Barber was a fervent supporter.

From Men's Basketball to Women's Tennis, Softball to Women's Volleyball, along with his first love, Dirtbags Baseball, Barber was a constant presence around the stands, press box, and competitions that he covered. His relationships that he built with student-athletes as well as those in the department were cherished.

Details on funeral services and donations will be updated here when available.