By Jane Johnson Vottero


Robert C. Barkman, PhD, Longmeadow, Mass., July 27, 2022. Known to his students as “Dr. Bob,” he taught for 42 years at Springfield College. Starting out first as a professor of biology, he helped start the college’s sports medicine program. He later moved to the education department to share his love for teaching and help future teachers teach science. He started a summer camp, Real World Science, to share his fascination of the natural world and wrote two books on teaching science. Most recently, he published the book “See The World Through Patterns.” He spent a sabbatical at the Technical Education Research Center in Cambridge, Mass., and conducted research at the University of Michigan Biological Station and the National Marine Laboratory in Narragansett, R.I. He was awarded the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award.

Charles N. Roys ’61, G’67, Amherst, Mass., July 25, 2022. Roys, 82, was a former Springfield College head baseball coach, emeritus associate professor of physical education, and inductee in several halls of fame. He taught nutrition and was the head baseball coach at Springfield College from 1979-1996, where he won 323 games during his 18-year career on Alden Street. Under his direction, Springfield College made five appearances in the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament, highlighted by the 1994 squad that reached the NCAA Division II World Series and produced a program record 28 victories. Roys was selected as the Northeast 10 Coach of the Year in 1990 and the New England Coach of the Year in 1994.