Howard Barkan MPH ’79, DrPH ’80


Howard BarkanHoward Barkan MPH ’79, DrPH ’80 died unexpectedly on July 20, 2016. He was 70. His medical research skills emphasizing biostatistics accuracy were his trademark. A legacy of collaboration makes all who knew him proud. Barkan was a long time consultant at Health Research for Action, a School-affiliated research center. He was well known there for mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students as they developed their analytic skills. Barkan “always advised the students to jump right in and ‘play’ with the data and the analysis program to understand how it worked and where they had questions,” said Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, clinical professor with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, whose students worked with Barkan.

He was also a photographer and jazz guitarist, active in many community venues. He is survived by wife Annette (MPH ’77) and daughter, Lauren.

Dr. Barkan is memorialized in a piece written by Dr. Ivan Oransky, a distinguished writer in residence in the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, New York University. Dr. Oransky describes Dr. Barkan as “a generous and patient teacher who loved imparting wisdom and helping others improve their own work.”

Read Dr. Oransky’s tribute


  1. To this I would add that Howard was one of the most creative and interesting people I’ve ever met. No need to dwell on how all of us feel about his loss, but I hope you, Annette and Lauren, are carrying on well. Gia and I are looking forward to seeing you guys on certain days during the time period of August 8-22, Gia being in the Bay Area August 9-15. I am flying in and out of San Jose on the 8th and 22nd and am renting a car for the whole time. So we will decide when and where to be at various times depending on other people’s schedules and desires. Mika’s Bas Mitzvah is August 19. Despite Gia’s and Mika’s strong desire otherwise, we have to live with the restrictions imposed by Louisville’s very different school schedule.

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