Since I know there's some Tékumel fans here, I thought I should post this.
Professor Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman (MAR) Barker, known to his friends as
“Phil,” died peacefully in home hospice on March 16, 2012 with his wife
Ambereen Barker at his side. Professor Barker is survived by his wife of 53
years, Ambereen. Details on memorial services will follow. In lieu of
flowers, memorials to the Tékumel Foundation are preferred, visithttp://www.tekumelfoundation.org
For more detail, please go to:http://www.tekumelfoundation.org/PressRelease-MARBARKER-1929-2012.pdf
Poignantly, I was just finishing up the first draft of a player introduction document for a Tékumel game I want to run when I heard the news.