Joseph Barkett ’50 was born in Serhel, Lebanon, on May 1, 1928, to Sadia and Anthony Barkett. He arrived in Stockton, California, at age 9. Initially unable to speak a word of English, he quickly assimilated into American life and culture, excelling academically, completing his undergrad at SCU and his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine. Upon graduation he joined the Navy, where he proudly served his country. While in the Navy, Joe met his beloved wife of 61 years, Marie Joseph. Joe and Marie started their life together back in Stockton, where they began their family and built his career in private general practice. A lifelong Democrat, Joe was active in local, state, and federal politics since the late 1950s. A strong advocate for San Joaquin County and the city of Stockton, he was appointed at age 36 as chair of the World Trade Authority by Governor Pat Brown to promote California businesses internationally. Joe served on the Santa Clara Board of Regents and was a founding member and trustee at UC Merced. He was amazingly accomplished and lived a spectacular life. Joe and Marie had a long, happy life together. He was a wonderful husband, beloved father, and adored “Jidou” who enjoyed his family gatherings around the kitchen table, sharing many stories of ethnic pride and the value of hard work and education. He was particularly proud of his eight grandchildren who share his commitment to education and community involvement. He loved traveling the world with his wife, family, and friends. An avid reader and card player, a remarkable dancer, and gifted storyteller, he captured the hearts of many. He was an extraordinarily caring, compassionate, and giving person who was always available to lend his advice and help to anyone in need. Surrounded by his loving wife, Marie, and his children and grandchildren, Joe passed away in the early morning of Nov. 15, 2018, at the age of 90. He will be missed immensely and is lovingly remembered by his wife and his children, William Barkett ’80 and wife Lisa; Lisa Barkett O’Leary and husband Martin; and Anthony Barkett and wife Rima. “Jidou” will also be greatly missed and fondly remembered by grandchildren Joseph Barkett, Alexandra O’Leary, Jacqueline Barkett Chervak (James Chervak), Lauren O’Leary Warmerdam (Brett Warmerdam), Anthony Barkett, Katherine O’Leary, Marena O’Leary and Yasmin Barkett.