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Dr. Robert Emmett Barsley

Dr. Robert Emmett Barsley
  • September 12, 1952 - September 28, 2019
  • Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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“so sorry to hear of bob's untimely passing.a valued friend and colleague,always so generous with his time and good advice and guidence.he surely will...Read More »
1 of 57 | Posted by: gregory dickinson - sarasota, FL

“I am so sad to hear of the passing my former boss. He was a great and kind man. I am praying for you Gwen and your daughter that God give you all...Read More »
2 of 57 | Posted by: Barbara Gair - Arlington, TX

3 of 57 | Posted by: Celeste Terry - New Orleans, LA

“I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. May your fondest memories of him comfort you. With each passing day may you receive comfort from God,...Read More »
4 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“So sad to hear of Bob's passing. He brought such wisdom and passion to teaching and mentoring those interested in forensics. My favorite memory is...Read More »
5 of 57 | Posted by: Deborah St. Germain LSUHNO School of Nursing Faculty - LA

“I fondly recall this happy and bright young lad joining us in the 1950s Sunday School class at the First Presbyterian Church in Hammond. I extend my...Read More »
6 of 57 | Posted by: Tom Anderson - Hammond, LA

7 of 57 | Posted by: Suzanne and Tal Farrar - LA

“He was the best dentist!!! Early on in the 70's he was my dentist. He was always gracious and kind. My condolences to Gwen and his family. ”
8 of 57 | Posted by: Norma Lafargue Vice - Nederland, TX

“So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. ”
9 of 57 | Posted by: Gordon Anderson - Hammond

“Dr. Barsley was a mentor for me not only in the dental field, but also in life. While i was a student, Dr. Barsley served as the faculty sponsor for...Read More »
10 of 57 | Posted by: Raj Diwan - Austin, TX - student

“My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during your time of sorrow. (Psalm 145:19) ”
11 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“I am saddened by this news. I knew Bob for many years as we were in the same field. He will be missed immensely, and he will never be forgotten. ”
12 of 57 | Posted by: Anne Cupero - Falls Church, VA

“Dear Gwen and family,We are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Bob's passing.We first met at the forensic meeting in Taiwan and since then...Read More »
13 of 57 | Posted by: Tom and Maggie BRADY - Clinton, CT

“During dental school Bob was a "B" and I was a "V"so we would wave more than talk. After school I played in the Navy and Bob did great things at...Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“I met Dr. Barsley one time, at an AAFS conference, in the early 90s. I was just starting out, working at the Acadiana Crime Lab, and I was still...Read More »
15 of 57 | Posted by: Arthur Young - Willow Grove, PA

“When I first began studying forensic odontology twenty years ago, Dr. Barsley was already long a preeminent expert, and although his accomplishments...Read More »
16 of 57 | Posted by: Glori Enzor - Sarasota, FL

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was a delight, personally and professionally. Even tempered and a quick wit. He dealt with...Read More »
17 of 57 | Posted by: Jamie Downs - Savannah, GA

“Dr. Barsley helped me on a number of legal cases over the past few years as a dental expert. We never met in person, always talking on the phone. ...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: JD Thomas - Nashville, TN

“Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Bird will be missed. He was a force of nature and a good man. ”
19 of 57 | Posted by: Benny Davies - SC - friend

“Benny ”
20 of 57 | Posted by: Davies - Bluffton, SC - Friend

“Dera Gwen and Emily. I am heartbroken that Bob is no longer with us. He was a truly great man and a great friend. Nancy and I wish you both strength...Read More »
21 of 57 | Posted by: Richard Weems - Hoover, AL

“Dear Gwen and family. Maruja and I offer sincere condolences. We enjoyed Bob as a friend and colleague. He will be missed. ”
22 of 57 | Posted by: Doug Ubelaker - Annandale, VA

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Robert or Bird to his friends for slightly over 50 years. I got to know him through my older brother Hardy. Bird...Read More »
23 of 57 | Posted by: Steve Richardson - Ponchatoula, LA

“My sincere condolences to Gwen and Emily. I always considered Bob one of my mentors and friends as I become a Forensic Odontologist. His...Read More »
24 of 57 | Posted by: Gary Berman - Belleville, MI

“Dear Gwen and Emily, All of these postings from so many people in different aspects of Bob's beloved profession of Dentistry tells the story of a...Read More »
25 of 57 | Posted by: Charlotte Connick Mabry - LA

“Our sincere condolences to Gwen and Emily. I first met Bob in our first year in dental school , we were in the same gross anatomy lab quad with Doug ...Read More »
26 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Beth and Scott Browning

“Rest In Peace brother Vinny Dmort region 2 ”
27 of 57 | Posted by: Vincent Iocovozzi - Frankfort, NY

“Bird, the most kindest,caring, intelligent, thoughtful gentleman with a great sense of humor that had the privilege to have known. Several months ago...Read More »
28 of 57 | Posted by: Diana Elizabeth Berthelot - LA

“Dr. Barsley was such a kind, caring, dedicated and smart volunteer for the American Dental Association. I am so glad we ran into one another in SFO...Read More »
29 of 57 | Posted by: JIm Goodman - Chicago, IL

“Gwen and Emily, these inadequate words attempting condolence are from me personally and on behalf of Bob's colleagues and friends on the American...Read More »
30 of 57 | Posted by: David Senn - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Gwen and Emily- so very sorry about Bob's passing- he was a great friend, and I will miss him dearly- prayers!! ”
31 of 57 | Posted by: John Edwards - Irmo, SC - Friend

“My condolences go to Gwen and Emily in this time of grief. You will both be in my thoughts and prayers. Bob was a great friend and colleague for over...Read More »
32 of 57 | Posted by: Bill Davenport - Henderson, NV

“Dear Gwen and Emily,I know that the memories I have of Bob pale in comparison to those you hold, but also know that my memories are of an articulate,...Read More »
33 of 57 | Posted by: Cindy Paska - Washington, DC

“My condolences to Gwen, and Emily in your time of sorrow. All of us in forensics will always remember Bob. So sorry for your loss...Pamela Hammel ”
34 of 57 | Posted by: Pamela Hammel - Grosse Pointe, MI

“The legacy of Bob lives on through the many organizations and people he impacted. Our association through the Council of Scientific Society...Read More »
35 of 57 | Posted by: David Baltensperger - TX - Friend

“BOB BARSLEY, you were a truly great man to those hundreds of national leaders who knew you.When someone we so admire becomes a memory, that memory...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: Martin & Daina Apple - Washington, DC

“BOB BARSLEY, you were a truly great man to those hundreds of national leaders who knew you.When someone we so admire becomes a memory, that memory...Read More »
37 of 57 | Posted by: Martin & Daina Apple - Washington, DC

“Bob was a friend and colleague. He will certainly be missed. To his wife, Gwen and family, please accept my sincere condolences. REQEUSCANT IN PACE! ”
38 of 57 | Posted by: Ross DeNicola - Baton Rouge, LA

“To the family and friends of Dr. Robert E. Barsley,May the peace that comes from the many memories of love and happiness you shared, provide you...Read More »
39 of 57 | Posted by: LA Oral Health Coalition

“So sorry for you loss.My prayers for all the family. ”
40 of 57 | Posted by: Charlene Shockley Williams

“Dear Gwen,I have many memories of Bob at the CSSP meetings in Washington. He and Haskell were the dynamic duo. He will be sorely missed as a...Read More »
41 of 57 | Posted by: Deborah Bronk - Trevett, ME

“Gwen so sorry for your loss, Bird was always so nice to everybody and will be missed. ”
42 of 57 | Posted by: Skip Gill - Baton Rouge, LA

“It is with great sadness that I read about the passing of Dr Barsley. I had the pleasure of working with him at the department of health. His...Read More »
43 of 57 | Posted by: Susan Jeansonne - Baton Rouge, LA

“My sincerest sympathy to Gwen and Emily. ”
44 of 57 | Posted by: Brenda Newman Desaix - Nampa, ID

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
45 of 57 | Posted by: AC Liles - Covington, LA

“Our deepest condolences and prayers to the family! Dr. Barsley treated everyone as equals even when we were lowly Dental students! He will be missed!...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: James Richard Churchman - LA

“Bob was so loved and appreciated. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”
47 of 57 | Posted by: Ginny Listi - Baton Rouge, LA

“Bob "Bird" Barsley You are gone too soon.Gwen, I am so sorry for your loss. I know this was sudden and totally unexpected. He was a great friend...Read More »
48 of 57 | Posted by: Cynthia - Cindy Berwick Harrelson Moore - LA

“Dr. Barsley was a man who was as kind as he was intelligent. He was one of my teachers at LSU School of Dentistry. After graduation, he helped me on...Read More »
49 of 57 | Posted by: Heidi Butler - Monroe, LA

“Dear Gwen and Emily, my heart is broken for you. I loved, admired, and respected Bob so much. My thoughts are with you. He leaves a void that will...Read More »
50 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Manhein - Baton rouge

“Bob was a gifted dentist who used his talents to assist in numerous forensic investigations. He was a friend, and I shall miss him. My prayers for...Read More »
51 of 57 | Posted by: Carla Noziglia - Aiken, SC

“May his memory be for a blessing ”
52 of 57 | Posted by: Dr Steven and Mrs Judith Batterman - NJ

“I worked with Bob at AAFS and during Hurricane Katrina. He is a force and his laugh will be missed along with his intellect. Gwen and Emily our...Read More »
53 of 57 | Posted by: Laura Fulginiti - Phoenix, AZ

“Gwen and familyOur thoughts and prayers are with you ”
54 of 57 | Posted by: larry Wilson - Ponchatoula, LA

“To Gwen and Emily, our deepest condolences on this loss too early.Bob and I took our ABFO Board exam together in San Diego in 1984. We have been...Read More »
55 of 57 | Posted by: John Kenney - Nashville, TN

“Bob will be missed by so many that loved him. Phil and I thought the world of him. Gwen and Emily you are in my prayers. Susan Levine ”
56 of 57 | Posted by: Susan Levine - Pensacola, FL

“My sincere condolences to Gwen and Emily. ”
57 of 57 | Posted by: Allen L. KEMP - Leander, TX

Dr. Robert Emmett Barsley, DDS, JD, age 67, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at his home in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He was the son of the late Paul and Ethel Barsley.
An internationally renowned and well-published expert consultant and sought-after lecturer in the field of forensics, Dr. Barsleywas a Professor and Division Head at the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and served as Director of Hospital and Community Dentistry for the LSUSD Department of Oral Health Services.
A 1977 graduate of LSUSD, Dr. Barsleybecame a full-time faculty member in 1982, one week after the crash of a PanAm jet at Moisant Field. He worked with faculty and students in a successful effort to aid law enforcement in identifying the more than 150 victims of that tragedy.
Dr. Barsley graduated from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1987 and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar that same year. Since then, he served as a consultant to numerous coroners' offices in southern Louisiana and was on staff at the coroners' offices in both Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
As a member of DMORT Region VI (United States Public Health Service), he served an extended tour of duty in the dental section of the hurricanes Katrina and Rita morgues in St. Gabriel and Carville, Louisiana, where he directed scores of dentists from all over the United States in identifying the hundreds of victims brought to the morgue. This six-month detail, using virtually all forms of forensic science, resulted in nearly all of the bodies being identified and returned to their families for burial.
Dr. Barsleywas co-chair of the Odontology Section of the Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification funded by the National Institute of Justice and the FBI.
In addition, he was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciencesfor which he served as its 65th president and received the ReidarSognnaes Award for Excellence in Forensic Dentistry.
In 1998-99, Dr. Barsley served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John Breaux. He served as a delegate to the American Dental Association (ADA) House of Delegates and wasthe former chairman of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations.
In 2015, Dr. Barsley was awarded both the LSU School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Award and the New Orleans Dental Association Honor Dentist Award.
Locally, Dr. Barsleywas a member of the North Oaks Board of Directors, the Strawberry Festival Committee and the Ponchatoula Rotary Club. From 2004-2012, he was the Magistrate for the City of Ponchatoula Mayor's Court.A 1970 Ponchatoula High graduate, Dr. Barsley attended Rhodes in Memphis and LSU before entering LSUSD. In 2015, he served on the John Bel Edwards Healthcare Transition Team.
He was beloved by his friends, and his generous spirit and thoughtful nature endeared him to all who knew him.
Dr. Barsley leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Gwen Ballard Barsley, and their daughter Emily who is in her first year of residency atthe LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is also survived by his sisters Paula Gatlin and Liz LaPlante (Tim), his brother-in-law Edward Ballard and sisters-in-law Sandra Moore (Bob) and Donna Devall (Tony), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents along with his two favorite great-uncles, Emmett Irwin and Kernan Irwin.
A memorial service in Dr. Barsley's honor is scheduled for Sunday, October 27, at the Ponchatoula Jr. High auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Oaks Foundation online at or mailed to P.O. Box 1239, Hammond, LA 70404.

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