Paul D. Camp Community College is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship in honor of philanthropist, local businessman and educator Mr. Gordon “Gene” Eugene Barlow, Jr.
His brother, former Virginia General Assembly Delegate and Attorney William Barlow, said, “My brother Gene loved education. In fact, he was a lifelong learner. He had many interests including the sciences, farming, computers, religion, and even ballroom dancing.” Mr. William Barlow added, “Gene took classes at the College up to the age of 80. Even up to the time of his death, he was still interested in learning. Gene’s tastes were very eclectic. I truly miss him.”
Upon his passing, Mr. Gene Barlow identified Paul D. Camp Community College, and four other educational institutions as recipients of major gifts, for endowed scholarships. These institutions were dearest to him according to Mr. William Barlow. “Through the establishment of scholarships, Gene wanted to leave a lasting legacy reflective of his intense interest in the power of education,” said Mr. William Barlow.
As a student, Mr. Gordon Barlow graduated from Smithfield High School, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Iowa State University respectively. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II. His service was with the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Philippines, and with the 11th Airborne Division in Japan. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49, Christopher Newport University’s Lifelong Learning Society, Smithfield Baptist Church and the Smithfield Ruritan Club.
After the war, Mr. Gordon Barlow returned to Smithfield to teach. After retirement from teaching math and science at Smithfield High School, Mr. Gordon Barlow enjoyed taking numerous classes in varied subjects. He also managed the Barlow family farm. “Gene loved the farm. He lived there for the balance of his life after he retired,” Mr. William Barlow noted.
Mr. Gordon Barlow passed away on February 25, 2009 at the age of 85. He was a lifelong bachelor and had no children. Mr. Gordon Barlow was the oldest son of the late Gordon E. Sr. and the late Gladys Holleman Barlow. He is survived by four siblings: Hannah Barlow Bain; Joseph H. Barlow Sr.; Sarah Barlow Wright; and William K. Barlow.
The new Gordon E. Barlow, Jr. Scholarship will be available for the spring 2014 semester for those seeking an education with Paul D. Camp Community College. For more information, contact the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (757) 569-6790.