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Law Professor John H. Barton Dies Of Bike-Accident Injuries

Publication Date: 
August 06, 2009
Source: 
Palo Alto Online

The local paper published this obituary on Professor Emeritus John Barton:

John H. Barton, 72, a Stanford University law professor whose career emphasized the interface between science and the law, was pronounced dead Aug. 3 as a result of injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident in Los Altos July 14.

The accident is still under investigation by the Los Altos Police Department, which is looking into the possibility of hit-and-run based on the type of injuries and circumstances at the scene, near Arboretum and Aspen drives, according to family members. Barton suffered numerous broken bones and a skull fracture, more than would be normal in a simple fall.

Barton had been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1969, and retired from full-time teaching in 2002. He was co-director of the International Center for Law and Technology, and won a prestigious student award for excellence in teaching in 1980. He held the George E. Osborne professorship at Stanford.