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Ed Barr

Ed Barr is an Assistant Professor of Technology at McPherson College in McPherson Kansas.  McPherson College stands alone as the only school in the United States to provide a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Restoration Technology.  Ed grew up in Tyler, Texas. He received a B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and an M.A. from the University of Kansas.  After graduate school, Ed began a career in art museum administration.  Between 1999 and 2005 he served first as the Assistant to the Director, and then as the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  In addition to his museum duties, he taught several art history courses and museum studies at Washburn.  With a passion for automobiles  he went on to earn a B.S. in Automotive Restoration Technology from McPherson College in 2007.  From there he worked at Vintage Restorations Ltd. in Union Bridge, Maryland, where he restored British cars.  Then in early 2010, Ed joined the McPherson College faculty.  He currently teaches sheet metal restoration and the history of automotive design.


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“Good craftsmen are healers. They protect and care for stuff.” – Fay Butler, Master Metal Fabricator


Ed talks about the feeling of fear and being in over his head. Listen and learn how he overcame this fear and discovered a whole new direction in life. A very inspiring and valuable life lesson story.


While being taught my the master metal fabricator Fay Butler, Ed learned that everything he was being taught can be explained by science. Listen to find out how Ed has turned this ah-ha moment in to a teaching lesson for his students.


A 1959 Chevy pick up truck that his father purchased for him


“When you are trying to solve a problem, you need to:  eliminate the variables, seek out the experts, but listen to the idiots, and also you want to go to the books.” – Fay Butler, Master Metal Fabricator


McPherson College Summer Workshops  –

Fay Butler –


The Limit – Michael Cannell 


Don’t put off the enjoyment of your passion for too long.


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  1. Ed is One of the most Passionate people I have every encountered ! As a current student at McPherson he has reassured me, through his story and dedication, that at 50 years old you can Still follow and LIVE your dreams ……. Dr. Eric Youvan

  2. Ed was willing to take on our youth project and is an inspiration to all who work in his lab. He is helping a whole new generation to find the skills they will need to create preserve and pass it on the there next generation. Thank you Ed you have inspired me to sponsor this link. James

  3. It’s been great getting to know Ed since attending summer institute at McPherson. He’s always willing to help guide me from long distance as I chase my passion to become a skilled metal fabricator and automotive restorer, thanks Ed!

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