Remembering Deborah Barreau in Pictures

February 10, 2012

Deborah BarreayOn February 10, 2012, the School of Information and Library Science lost Dr. Deborah Barreau, a dear friend, colleague and beautiful spirit.

"Over the past 25 years it was my good fortune to know, work with, and learn from Deborah Barreau," said Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. "I have never met anyone as selfless and devoted to others, especially to students. Deborah thought clearly and consistently about personal information in a way that puts people before systems. She put our School above her own ambitions and did many things to make us civil, effective and collaborative. She did this through her wisdom, warm smile and willingness to go the extra step to give us all her time, advice and a sympathetic ear. Deborah had a quote on her door that exemplified her beliefs and her life practice: “Everyone is indispensable.” She believed this and lived her life accordingly. Her spirit and inspiration is truly indispensable and although we will miss her terribly, we are all better for having known her."

A special memorial tribute to Dr. Barreau’s life will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center Ballroom on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. We hope you will join us as we honor Deborah and celebrate her life.

Because of her dedication and outstanding ability as a teacher, the School has renamed the "SILS Award for Teaching Excellence" to the "Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence." The award is presented annually during the spring commencement ceremony to teachers (one full-time faculty and one adjunct faculty member) demonstrating the highest level of teaching excellence, commitment, innovation in teaching and effectiveness.

Several people have asked how they can make a donation to the teaching fund. Contributions may be made to the "Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence" fund (2954) online at or by sending your donation to the School (checks payable to UNC SILS with a note directing the donation to fund 2954).

Following are photos of Deborah with her students, colleagues and friends. If you have a picture that you would like to share with the community, please send it to For more about Dr. Barreau, or to leave a remembrance message, please click here.


University Day 2007 - UNC at Chapel Hill - SILS Faculty

Deb Barreau and Erin WhiteDeb Barreau and her dog PortiaDeb Barreau and Corrine RussellFred Stutzman and Deb Barreau

Terrell Russell and Deb BarreauDeb Barreau - Terrell Russell and Gary MarchioniniGary Marchionini- Terrell Russell - Deb BarreauDissertation PartyDeb Barreau and Cassidy SugimotoDeb Barreau and Amber CushingJoyDeb Barreau and Dav RobertsonGene Story and Deb Barreau


Deb and Martina