Dr. Barbara  G. Burch
Dr. Barbara G. Burch

August 21, 1938 - January 5, 2020
Born in Louisville, Kentucky
Resided in Bowling Green, Kentucky


DR. BARBARA G. BURCH of Bowling Green, KY, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the age of 81.

Dr. Burch (“Bobbie”) was born on August 21,1938 in Louisville, KY to Arthur and Gertrude Heinig Gagel. She grew up as the eldest of five children. In 1956, she married Kenneth Burch, and the couple had two children, Kevin and Kelly.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from WKU before completing master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. She returned to WKU in 1996, continuing to devote her professional career to higher education and civic engagement, as well as to being an entrepreneur. What was most exceptional was her capacity for love and the enduring relationships that she had not just with family but also with her students, colleagues, and friends.

Dr. Burch is survived by her husband, Kenneth of 63 years; her son, Kevin (Dodi McCloud); her granddaughters Chelsea (Nathan) Dyer and Mackenzie (Lorne) Thomas, siblings Jerry (Donna) Gagel, Martha Metz, and Steve (Sue) Gagel, and nine nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Burch; sister, Judy Gagel; and her parents, Arthur and Gertrude Gagel.

Visitation is Wednesday, January 8th from 4 pm to 9 pm at J.C. Kirby and Son, Lovers Lane Chapel. Mass will be held at 10 am on Thursday, January 9th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Kelly M. Burch Institute for Transformative Practices in Higher Education or the Judith K. Gagel Scholarship, c/o WKU Foundation, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY, 42104.




J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel
820 Lovers Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
4754 Smallhouse Road
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42104
Thursday, January 9, 2020
10:00 AM