Sociology professor dies of heart attack


Roy Barnett, professor of sociology, died of a heart attack last Friday. Barnett was 40 years old.

“[When I saw him last Wednesday] he seemed healthy as a horse,” said Taylor Hardy, freshman in open option. “When I read the email I was completely shocked.”

All students in Barnett’s classes received an email saying that classes had been canceled. According to Elizabeth Cauble, head of the department of sociology, anthropology and social work, classes will resume on Wednesday.

During his sociology class last week, Barnett talked about the course of life that included mid-life crisis, retirement and death, said Marcus Dominguez, freshman in sociology. That class was like any other, he said.

Both Dominguez and Hardy said they looked up to Barnett.

“He was one of my favorite teachers,” Hardy said. “He was very laid-back and he cared about his class.”

Barnett had been teaching sociology at K-State since 2001 and was also the faculty adviser for the Criminology Club.

The funeral service for Barnett will be held in Tulsa, Okla., and has yet to be scheduled.

A memorial service at K-State will also be held at a date yet to be determined.