• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 15 comments on BU Climate Change Expert Anthony Janetos, Who Spent His Career Researching the Fate of the Earth, Dead at 64

    1. I meant Tony when he came to K-State during the NASA FIFE experiment at Konza Prairie . He was always such a nice person that you could almost forget how how of a great scientist he was. He will be missed.

  1. It is hard to imagine BU, the Pardee Center, and broader science community without Tony’s quiet and genuine leadership. So grateful and honored to have had him as a boss and mentor.
    My heart goes to Valerie, Peter, Anna, and the rest of the family.

  2. Tony,
    Thank you for all you have done for science, BU, and humanity. It was a privilege to collaborate with you. My heart goes out to Valerie, Peter, and Anna.

  3. As the Centerfielder on Tony’s “Old Man Baseball” team, I had the opportunity to play beside him in the outfield, share some frustration and always a laugh or two each game especially during pre-game warmups when two left handers played catch. Tony’s presence in Left Field will be missed by the Pirates.

    I will truly miss my teammate & friend.

  4. Will always remember Tony not only for his contributions to science but mostly for his generosity and optimism. His laughters can easily fill not only the room but also people’s hearts. He will be sorely missed.

  5. Such a loss for us all. Tony was a great scientist but he was also a very thoughtful, kind person and treated everyone with such respect. He will be very sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family – I am heartbroken for you.

  6. I’ve had the pleasure of playing on the same baseball team with Tony over the last couple of years. Tony was the embodiment of a team player. On the field, Tony had a quiet wit as well as a quiet intensity, but he was a giant of a man in terms of his compassion, unselfishness and humility! I will miss that quiet leadership & his friendship, as well as our “Red Sox” chats that we constantly had between our at-bats.

    Though we joke about it, I, for one, refuse to call what we played, “old man baseball.” Pragmatically, it is actually the antithesis of ‘old man baseball’ and Tony was the epitome of that! In his “real” life, Tony was a respected, renowned expert who was buttoned-down, focused & always a professional. But on the ball field, Tony got to leave that all behind, to come play a kids game with us for a few hours!

    Tony will always be the perfect teammate, friend & role model; I am grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to get to know him over the last few years! God Bless and May You Rest in Peace, Tony!

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Tony’s death. I worked for ESSIC and his office was under mine in Maryland and once in a while I would notarize something for him. We would have great discussions about the birds that we shared from our office windows. May he rest in peace.

  8. From 2006 to 2011, Tony coached the youth basketball team (the Celtics!) that his son Peter and a more than a dozen other sons, including ours, had the good fortune to play on. It was the kind of positive experience that all parents desire for their children … emphasizing comradery, good sportsmanship and fair play on the court. It was great fun for all. Our family, and many others on the team, carry fond memories and friendships from this special time together that Tony helped make possible.

  9. ‘Old man’ indeed! I wish he could have been much older. Tony was younger than me, but still a father figure. In these terrible times, may we be worthy of his kind bravery.

  10. There are many facets to a man’s life. Tony excelled in his given field. Yet another field in which Tony excelled was left field. Our teammates may call it “old man baseball,” however it is not so much chronological as it is attitudinal. Our bodies may not respond as quickly or as smoothly as it once did, but the joy of being on the field and doing our best lifted our spirit and brought a sense of contentment and fulfillment. That feeling is SPECIAL.
    The joy of being on the field with Tony has been a blessing. He will be missed, and he will always be an MVP to us.

  11. I have known Tony for 30 years through various Washington, DC environmental science and policy organizations and activities. Most recently I had the pleasure of working with Tony on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education, which Tony chaired. Tony was respected and appreciated by everyone who worked with him. His death is an enormous blow to all of us who know and loved him and to the planet and all of its inhabitants that he worked so hard and so effectively to protect. I hope that BU and others will create awards in his name. The rest of us will have to work even harder to try to make up for Tony’s absence.

  12. Janetos s distinguished scientific career was supported by his loving family his wife Valerie Gamache, his son Peter and his daughter Anna. Tony balanced his work in science with an active family life that included being Valerie s long-distance running partner, Peter s basketball coach and Anna s softball coach. Tony came from a family of accomplished athletes, and he played baseball much of his adult life, the last few years in a seniors league in Boston. During his final weeks, he enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox on TV and discussing books with Valerie at their home in coastal New Hampshire.

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