John H. Barton, 72, a Stanford University law professor whose career emphasized the interface between science and the law, was pronounced dead Aug. 3 as a result of injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident in Los Altos July 14.
The accident is still under investigation by the Los Altos Police Department, which is looking into the possibility of hit-and-run based on the type of injuries and circumstances at the scene, near Arboretum and Aspen drives, according to family members. Barton suffered numerous broken bones and a skull fracture, more than would be normal in a simple fall.
Barton had been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1969, and retired from full-time teaching in 2002. He was co-director of the International Center for Law and Technology, and won a prestigious student award for excellence in teaching in 1980. He held the George E. Osborne professorship at Stanford.
He was the father of Palo Alto City Councilman John Barton, a Palo Alto architect, and four other children.
Barton was best known for his work in exploring "the intersection of science and the law," according to his Stanford website biography.
He focused his studies on international law concerns that ranged from national defense to protection of intellectual property in developing nations.
He recently was focusing on technology transfer between advanced and developing nations in areas such as vaccines, steel and climate-change technologies. He also was working on developing a political theory as a basis for international organization and globalization.
During his career he chaired more than a dozen academic and international advisory commissions, most recently heading the International Commission on Intellectual Property Rights.
Barton graduated cum laude from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1954, and from Marquette University magna cum laude in 1958 with majors in philosophy and physics. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961 as a junior officer analyzing foreign technical materials. From 1961 to 1969 he worked at the Sylvania Electronic Defense Laboratories in Mountain View as a research engineer and administrator.
He joined the law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., for a year prior to joining the Stanford Law School.
In the mid-1980s, he co-founded a consulting firm, International Technology Management, that studies trade patterns in services, technology, agriculture and biotechnology in agriculture.
He was the author of numerous articles and several books, including "The Politics of Peace" in 1981. He co-edited "Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict," published in 2000.
Barton is survived by his wife of 50 years, Julie Barton; five children, John, Robert, Anne Wilde, Thomas and David; and nine (soon to be 10) grandchildren.
Councilman Barton said his father had been auditing courses at Stanford since his retirement from full-time teaching. He enjoyed woodworking, painting and playing the organ -- he was taking lessons from the Stanford Memorial Church organist.
A memorial service has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos.