Jon Barnard (“Barney”) Gilmore was born in northern California in 1937. As a child he lived in the San Francisco Bay area, and then at Lake Tahoe just across the Nevada state line at Crystal Bay. After graduating from high school (at Truckee, California) he attended Stanford University, expecting at first to major in Biology, then in either English or History, then in Economics, and finally in Psychology. His last year at Stanford he was editor of the Stanford humour magazine The Chaparral. In the fall of 1959 he began Ph.D. studies at Yale University specializing in Child Development and Clinical Psychology. In 1964 he undertook his first full-time academic job in Ontario, Canada, at the University of Waterloo. Four years later he joined the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto. He became a Canadian citizen a few years later.
Gilmore was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1980. He taught a number of undergraduate and graduate Psychology courses during his academic career. However, his primary teaching responsibility was usually the Introductory Psychology course. (That course combined his enduring interests in history, in scientific method, and Psychology.) The Introductory course was generally taught in very large sections, and for a period of time, only Gilmore taught it. The consequence was that by the time he took early retirement in 1993, Gilmore had taught an estimated 15,000 students. He was named the CASE “Canadian Professor of the Year” in 1987. During his years as a professor, he also maintained a small private clinical practice.
Gilmore has had a number of hobbies over the years. Curling is the most recent of these. He once learned to fly gliders. Between 1984 and 1993 he had three shows of his photographic work on the U. of T. campus. He has written a large number of haiku poems (never published). Since retiring he has fed his reading habit and supplemented his pension by creating the indexes for forthcoming books. To date, he has created indexes for over 70 books.