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Dr. Earl Barker, Medicine

Dr. Earl S. Barker, 83, associate professor of medicine emeritus, died of chronic pulmonary disease on April 30 at the Quadrangle in Haverford where he had lived since his retirement in 1988.

A native of Salt Lake City, he graduated from Penn's School of Medicine in 1945. After serving in Wyoming as a captain in the U.S. Army he returned to Penn, interned at Philadelphia General Hospital, trained in pharmacology and in internal medicine at HUP, where he was an attending physician for the next 38 years. Dr. Barker was specialist in nephrology. His extensive research on the physiology of the kidney and fluid and electrolyte balance was supported by grants from the NIH. He was also an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. In 1999, he won the A. N. Richards Award of HUP's nephrology section. He was a member of The American Society  for Clinical Investigation, The American College of Physicians, The American Physiological Society and The American Society of Nephrology. 

At Penn Medicine, Dr. Barker organized and directed the student course in Internal Medicine. In 1970 he became the director of HUP's Diagnostic Clinic. 

He is survived by his brothers, Dr. Harold G. Barker, and Dr. Clyde F. Barker, Professor of Surgery.


Dr. Goddard, Pediatrician

Katharine Goddard

Dr. Katharine Evans Goddard, former clinical associate professor in pediatrics and fellow in psychiatry, died on April 29, at the age of 88.

Dr. Goddard was known for her research on Rh blood factor incompatibility. She graduated from Germantown Friends School and received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1938. She earned her doctorate in medicine from Penn in 1943.

She began working at HUP in 1945 as an assistant instructor in pediatric medicine, became an associate instructor in 1953 and in 1964 also became a Fellow in psychiatry at the School of Medicine. In 1982 she became an adjunct associate professor of pediatric medicine and in 1984 she was appointed a clinical associated professor in pediatrics.

Dr. Goddard was also a founder of the Chestnut Hill Pediatric Group in 1947 and was president of the former Seashore House from 1968 to 1982. She served on the boards of the Elwyn Institute and Friends Hospital.

In 1952 she married Dr. David Goddard, provost of the University from 1961-1971. He died in 1986. She then married Dr. Jonathan Rhoads, professor of surgery and provost emeritus (provost from 1955-1959) in 1989. Dr. Rhoads died in 2002 (Almanac January 8, 2002).

Dr. Goddard is survived by her son, Robert; stepsons, Jonathan Jr., George, Charles, Philip and Edward Rhoads; stepdaughter Margaret Kendon; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 13 at Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W. Coulter St., Philadelphia.


To Report A Death

Almanac appreciates being informed of the deaths of current and former faculty and staff members, students, and other members of the University community.

However, notices of alumni deaths should be directed to the Alumni Records Office at Room 545, Franklin Building, (215) 898-8136  or e-mail



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 34, May 25, 2004