Mon, 8 September 2014
070: Ed Barr is a professor at McPherson College who proves it's never too late to find your passion
Ed Barr is an Assistant Professor of Technology at McPherson College in McPherson Kansas. McPherson College stands alone as the only school in the United States to provide a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Restoration Technology. Ed grew up in Tyler, Texas. He received a B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and an M.A. from the University of Kansas. After graduate school, Ed began a career in art museum administration. Between 1999 and 2005 he served first as the Assistant to the Director, and then as the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In addition to his museum duties, he taught several art history courses and museum studies at Washburn. With a passion for automobiles he went on to earn a B.S. in Automotive Restoration Technology from McPherson College in 2007. From there he worked at Vintage Restorations Ltd. in Union Bridge, Maryland, where he restored British cars. Then in early 2010, Ed joined the McPherson College faculty. He currently teaches sheet metal restoration and the history of automotive design.