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Mildred J. Barnes

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2005


Boston Lacrosse Association

Barnes played attack on the United States national teams during the 1950s and early 60s, including the undefeated touring team to the British Isles in 1957. Barnes also played for the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland in 1954 and 1960. From 1949 to 1961, she played for the competitive Boston Lacrosse Association and during the last 10 years of her competitive career, she also served as a nationally-rated umpire. She taught lacrosse at clinics and to high school and college students in the 1950s and 60s. Five of her students later became members of U.S. national teams and two preceded her into the Hall of Fame. 

An accomplished all-around athlete who competed in badminton, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and several other sports, Barnes represented Boston University in the National Intercollegiate Tennis Championships in 1949 and held the National Class C badminton doubles title in 1950 and 1951. 

Barnes earned three degrees from Boston University and was regarded as an authority on women's sports. Dr. Barnes authored several lacrosse-related papers and wrote numerous books on sports during her career. In 1975, she was the chief of delegation and manager of the United States National Basketball team for the World Games and Pan American games, and she held the same post for the World Games in 1976. 

Barnes was inducted into the Boston University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978, and the Mildred Barnes Award, named in her honor and initiated in 1983, is presented annually to the Boston University student who is chosen as the top female athlete of the year.