As a 1982 graduate, I had no idea how well respected Dr. Bobby Barton was. I knew him personally. I knew that he would do anything to take care of his athletes, his student trainers and anyone else who crossed his path in need of help, either physically or mentally. Bobby was known as the “go to” person when you needed to get something done, and done right.

After graduating from Eastern and getting my master’s degree in athletic administration from Kent State University, on a full scholarship Dr. Barton recommended me for, I realized how much respect the rest of the training world had for him.

He was known as being the soft-spoken man who could get more done than anyone else and make everyone feel valued doing it.

Eastern athletics has indeed been blessed to have Bobby. He is the best trainer, teacher and friend that anyone could hope for.

Thanks for giving of yourself for so many years Bobby. We are all better people because you crossed our lives.

Mary Jean Boone,
Eastern alumna

Did you know …

– Robert “Bobby” Barton gave 27 years of service to Eastern before retiring from his position as head athletics trainer last spring.
– Barton gave up his position to take part in the Retirement Transition Program that allows him to still teach classes.
– Barton holds a master’s degree in health and physical education.
– Before coming to Eastern, Barton was an assistant trainer at Marshall University. He left his job at Marshall just weeks before the tragic 1970 plane crash that claimed the lives of the entire Marshall football team.