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Ivan J. Barrett, BYU professor, dies

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Ivan J. Barrett, BYU professor, dies
Deseret News 19Aug99 L5
Ivan J. Barrett, BYU professor, dies

OREM, UTAH -- BYU professor and author Ivan J. Barrett, probably best known for his unabashedly enthusiastic books on LDS Church history died August 16th at his home in Orem of a heart attack. Barrett was 89.

Barrett was a member of the BYU religion faculty for 40 years, from 1953 to 1993, winning the Karl G. Maser Teaching award and BYU's Most Popluar Teacher award. He came to the faculty through the LDS Church's Seminary and Institute program, becoming the first seminary teacher for the Church in Nevada, and serving as principal for the seminary in Hurricane, Utah from 1941 to 1953.

Barrett had served a mission in the Central States Mission prior to becoming a seminary teacher. He served as a bishop and as a stake president at BYU, and was president of the Northwestern States Mission from 1964 to 1966. He was also a patriarch and had conducted LDS church history tours and trips to Israel.

His books include the textbook "Joseph Smith and the Restoration," which was used in religion classes and in seminary, and "Heroic Mormon Women" and "Young Joseph Smith."

His funeral will be today at 11 a.m. and burial will be in the Orem City Cemetary.

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