Hugh Barton

Former Pacific Regent Hugh Barton

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Former Regent Hugh Barton passes away

Nov 18, 2013

Hugh Perry Barton
April 6, 1932 - November 20, 2013

Retired investment banker and former University of the Pacific regent Hugh Barton passed away November 20, 2013, at the age of 81. A longtime friend of Pacific, Barton served on the Pacific Board of Regents from 1985 to 1998, taking a leadership role in the 1995 presidential search and transition and serving on campaign committees during both the Fulfilling the Promise and Investing in Excellence comprehensive campaigns. 

"Hugh was warm and caring, and deeply committed to Pacific. He was a dedicated Regent, and his expertise in investment management was a tremendous asset to the University. Hugh remained closely engaged with the University after his Board service ended, and it was a delight to get to know him and his family," said President Pam Eibeck. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheila and their family at this difficult time."

Barton was the great grandson of early Stockton pioneer A. D. Leonard He was raised on the family walnut ranch in Escalon where he worked on the land and in the agricultural equipment business from a young age. He graduated from UC Berkeley 1954. While in college, he met his future wife Sheila, who attended nearby Mills College. 

The Bartons settled in Modesto near the family business. Hugh travelled widely to promote and cultivate their business, which produced nut processing equipment designed and patented by his father. Upon his retirement from the ag equipment business, he helped form what would become Modesto Banking Company, launching his second career in investment banking. 

He founded investment company Hugh P. Barton, Inc. in 1979 and served as chairman of the board of the Private Bank of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, Calif., now Avidbank Holdings, Inc., until his retirement in 2007. He also was a director for the Bank of Los Altos and the Heritage Commerce Corporation.      

In addition to Pacific, Barton was actively involved with numerous organizations. He served as trustee for the UC Berkeley Foundation and chair of the Stanislaus County Campaign for UC Berkeley, and served on the board of Modesto Memorial Hospital Foundation and the advisory boards of the Salvation Army in Modesto and Monterey. 

The Bartons have a long and continuing family legacy at Pacific. Their daughter Elizabeth '78 attended Pacific and their daughter-in-law Paula '00 is a graduate of Gladys L. Benerd School of Education. Their granddaughter Ellen '12 graduated from College of the Pacific and their grandson RJ '14 is a current student in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. 

Barton is survived by his wife, Sheila Grieve Barton, daughter Elizabeth Barton Ferrell '78 and husband Daniel, son James Barton and wife Paula (Langhoff) Barton '00, grandchildren Ellen '12 and RJ Barton '14, brother Gerald Barton and family, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on December 3 at 1 p.m. at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church at 28003 Robinson Canyon Road in Carmel Valley. A reception will follow immediately in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the University of the Pacific.

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