For 37 years, until his retirement in 1963, Shober Barr served Franklin & Marshall College as a teacher, coach, director of admissions, dean of freshman, chairman of the department of physical education and athletics and director of athletics. His career was distinctive in not only his contributions to his college, but also to the many regional and national athletic associations he was affiliated with and to which he contributed significantly. He won friends everywhere he went for his adherence to a high code of sportsmanship, manly conduct, cheerfulness and thoughtfulness. He was a leader in the concept, planning, fund raising and construction of F&M's Mayser Center, completed in 1963 on the eve of his retirement and named for his long-standing friend and colleague, "Uncle Charlie" Mayser.
A native of Lancaster, Shober Barr earned his B.A. degree from Franklin & Marshall in 1924. Eight years later, in 1932, he received a master's degree from Columbia University. For tow years following his graduation from F&M, he taught and coached at Harrisburg (PA) Academy. He returned to his Alma Mater in 1926 as a freshman coach with the inauguration of the Freshman Rule of Eligibility in intercollegiate athletics. From 1930 to 1942, he was varsity football line coach and varsity basketball coach, as well as director of intramural athletics and an instructor of physical education. During the next decade, 1942-1949, he served as Dean of Freshman and Director of Admissions. Shober returned to his interests in athletics in 1949 when he was named F&M?s Director of Athletics and professor of physical education, positions he served well until his retirement.
Beyond F&M's campus, he was a member of the NCAA Television Committee, 1952-55; vice president, at-large, of the NCAA, 1954-56; member of the NCAA College Committee and NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament Committee. He was also a director of the ECAC board of directors and served on many ECAC committees. He served as president of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference (MAC) in 1956-57. Shober Barr was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1957-58, while on sabbatical leave from F&M, he served as advisor to the Minister of Education on The Royal Afghan government under the sponsorship of The Asian Foundation of San Francisco. When Shober was named to head F&M's athletic department in 1949, the late George Kirchner of the Lancaster New Era wrote, "When you consider the scope of the athletic program, both intercollegiate and intramural, in our colleges today you know that it requires a real leader to direct it.
With his vast experience, plus his familiarity with the entire college picture, to say nothing of the esteem in which he is held by students, alumni, rivals and friends of the college, Shober was the logical choice to take over. In fact, Franklin & Marshall can consider itself fortunate in having available such a fine leader, for it could have searched far and wide before finding a man more suitable to take the post. I feel confident that under Barr's leadership, athletics at the local college will continue to flourish and that the college will make more friends and cement previous friendships more firmly than ever a goal at which sports, as a whole, are aimed."