Herbet R. Barghusen 1933-2015

Herbert R. Barghusen, a longtime resident of Hyde Park in Chicago and more recently of Ogden Dunes, Ind., died on Dec. 25, 2015 in Chesterton, Ind. after an illness of several months. 

Born July 9, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey to Lydia Bertha (nee Weber) and John Joseph Barghusen, Barghusen spent his youth in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City. He often recounted his pleasure in crossing the bridge into the city to visit the American Museum of Natural History and other cultural attractions that fed his curiosity about the natural world.

Barghusen graduated from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey. He went on to major in geology at Lafayette College (class of 1955) before attending the University of Chicago (U. of C.) where he earned his PhD in Paleontology in 1960. In 1957, he married Joan DeVan, a fellow U. of C. student. 

After teaching at Smith College in Northampton, Mass (1961-1964) and Loyola University in Chicago, he taught gross anatomy at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Dentistry from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. In the academic year 1978-79, he served as a visiting faculty member at the U. of C. where he helped to create the Human Morphology course in the college.

His research interests in evolutionary biology centered on the development of the anatomy of the jaw apparatus and inner ear in early mammals and took him to study fossil collections in many parts of the world, including Europe, South Africa, and Russia.

After retirement he pursued photography as a serious avocation and for several years he was an active member of the Chicago Camera Club.  His early work in black and white explored what he called the “vulnerability of the human condition.” His photos were shown at a number of exhibits in the Chicago area throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He relocated to Ogden Dunes, Ind., in 2005, where he worked in color photography, centering his interests on the delicate balance of nature and industry in the dunes of northwest Indiana. 

Barghusen is survived by his wife Joan, their son Stephen (Katherine Knutson), daughter Laura (Mario Longoni), grandson Dante Longoni, brother John Joseph Barghusen, a nephew and three nieces.

A memorial service is being planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.  Memories and condolences may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com.