August 4, 2011
Highly respected in women's basketball circles nationwide, Barnes became the first woman to serve on the board of trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1977-86) and was the only woman out of 50 trustees until the late 1980’s.
She wrote the first book on five-player women's basketball, served on the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Committee as the chair and was instrumental in bringing the first U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team to Warrensburg to train prior to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
In addition to the Central Missouri Hall of Fame, she is in four others including the Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2000), and the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame (1978) where she was the first woman ever inducted.
As an athlete, she was a member of the U.S. National Lacrosse team and competed nationally in field hockey, tennis, and badminton. She was drafted by the women’s professional baseball league and was on the All-American Lacrosse Team 12 years in a row. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Surgent University.