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James “Jim” C. Barber

July 6, 2017
BA ‘84, speech communication  
Branson, MO
Jim Barber broke into show business as an actor, comedian, and ventriloquist on local children’s television and on national and international US Armed Forces tours. His unique talents earned him opening acts with countless national performers, and he appeared on national television networks, college campuses across the country, and as a regular in live theaters in Branson, Missouri. He made that city his home and eventually opened his own theater and formed his own public relations and media company with special emphasis on driving tourism to the Branson area. He has also served on numerous community boards and mobilized regional charitable efforts towards natural disaster relief, improvement of palliative care, and creating affordable housing for low-income seniors.