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  • 90 years old
  • Born on November 23, 1924 in New York, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on March 26, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of Stuart Bartle, 90, who was born on November 23, 1924 and died on March 26, 2015. 

Memorial Service: 3:00 PM Saturday, 18 April 2015, Trinity Episcopal Church, 88 Walker Street, Lenox, MA

Reception to follow at The Lenox Club, 111 Yokun Ave., Lenox, MA

Contributions in his name may be made to Gould Farm, Monterey, MA, 

From the NY Times Notice:

He was the son of Alice Hall Dowling and William A. Bartle. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara (Sinclair) Bishop Bartle, his half sister Ruth Dowling Bruun, his children Chris (Eva Gardner), Andrew (Mary Davidson), Elizabeth (David Boghossian), Marion (John Packs), 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was educated at Pomfret School (’43), Harvard College (A.B.’50), and NYU College of Medicine (M.D.’54). Stuart, aka “Poppy,” “The Splendid Splinter” and “Dr. B,” among other monikers, was especially fond of baseball, sailing, music, dancing and the fastest way to do things; he was devoted to his wife, family, friends, colleagues and patients. A modest man, he rarely spoke of his many accomplishments. He was known for his gentleness, quick wit – trenchant and corny – and enthusiasm. He served in the 78th Infantry Div., 310th Regiment, 3rd Battalion from 1943-46 during the Battle of the Bulge and occupation of Berlin. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, among other medals. From 1959-67, he participated in pioneering cardiology research at the University of Virginia, and, with Barbara, in the civil rights movement in Charlottesville, VA. He was Resident in Psychiatry from 1967-68 at Massachusetts General Hospital. From 1968-86, he practiced psychiatry in Manhattan, also attending and teaching at Mt. Sinai Hospital. From 1986-88, he taught psychiatry in Harare, Zimbabwe, and from 1988-2012 he served on the staff at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA, in multiple positions, including heading up the Berkshire Mental Health Center and founding the Berkshire Mental Health Journal. Dr. B dedicated his professional life to humane and effective medical care, especially to treating the mentally ill with respect, dignity and kindness. His board service included Gould Farm, a residential therapeutic community close to his heart, the Austen Riggs Center, The Brien Center, and the Lower Eastside Service Center.

Posted by Andy Bartle on 23rd November 2018
Dad The curiosity and unselfish interest that you have lives on in your grandchildren
Posted by Ruth Bruun on 23rd November 2018
Miss you Stuart. I am the only one left now.
Posted by Marian Harris on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you Dr. B.
Posted by Marian Harris on 24th November 2017
Happy Birthday Dr B. Miss you at the Brien Centerā¤
Posted by ChristopherandHeather Bie... on 23rd November 2015
Chris and I spent last Thanksgivng weekend in Boston with our daughters, then ages 5 and 7. On our way home Dr. B was so excited to have us come to visit him in his new place in Cambridge. Although much more frail, he was his usual warm, interested, inquisitive, delightful self. My girls were immediately engaged and comfortable with him. We caught up and had a wonderful visit. He continues to leave a hole in our heart. Chris and I often think of what Dr. B would say about world events today. He had such a gentle world view and I could use his perspective to keep me sane. With Love Heather Biernacki
Posted by Michael Cosby on 18th April 2015
My thoughts and prayers to the Bartle family.
Posted by Marian Harris on 18th April 2015
Worked with Dr. B for many years at Berkshire Mental Health. He was so thoughtful, caring and had the best sense of humor. Will never forget you. oxoxoxo
Posted by Janet Hiser on 13th April 2015
With deepest sympathy. The staff of the Austen Riggs Center.
Posted by Whistlers Inn on 12th April 2015
A rare, wonderful man who always brought a smile to our lives. We loved him and will miss him deeply. We shared a love for Africa, and loved his great sense of humor. With fond remembrance, The Mears family
Posted by Alice Benson on 11th April 2015
Our hearts go out to you, Marion and family. Your father was beloved. When you close your eyes I hope you remember his laughing and enjoying all life had to offer. He lives on in you. Love, Alice and Tom
Posted by Debbi Darling on 10th April 2015
Marion and family, I am so sorry to hear of your "Poppy's" passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It never gets easy to have to say good-bye. I send you hugs and strength. - Debbi Darling
Posted by Marion Bartle Packs on 9th April 2015
This lovely notice captures your father's enthusiasm for life, wit and compassion all of which are in abundant evidence in the subsequent generations of the Bartle family - for which we are all grateful! xox Becky
Posted by Alison Farquhar on 7th April 2015
With deepest sympathy to and your family, Marion. From the tributes above, your father clearly lives on in you. With love, Ali
Posted by Amanda Ford on 5th April 2015
Easter always reminds me of my wonderful uncle. For years we gathered as a family in New York for Easter dinner. Stuart would be in the kitchen busy at work on his traditional Chinese Easter soup. I miss him already, but have years of lovely memories.
Posted by Beth Newbold on 3rd April 2015
Stuart was my wonderful, wacky God-father. I could not have asked for a better one. Church was definitely not part of the equation. Love, acceptance, laughter, adventure, sense of perspective on life, intellectual pursuits - all of those in abundance. i will miss you dearly and have lots of memories to keep you alive in my heart. Much love and sympathy to everyone he touched and especially to his wife and family. Beth Newbold
Posted by Christopher Rice on 3rd April 2015
Our deepest sympathies to the Bartle family. Dr. Bartle was such a close friend to our entire family. His charm and good spirits will be missed. Chris, Liza, Alex and Carlie Rice
Posted by Marion Bartle Packs on 2nd April 2015
We will ll always remember Dr B. as a very special man...... Eugenia and Haldor Reinholt
Posted by Christian Bruun on 2nd April 2015
A wonderful uncle who will be greatly missed. He will live on in his four terrific children and all those he effected in his life.
Posted by Laurie Kay on 2nd April 2015
We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and wish we knew your dad. He sounds like he was quite a guy. much love Laurie and Henry
Posted by Marion Bartle Packs on 2nd April 2015
My dear, dear, cousin Stuart! With all my grandparents gone, Stuart filled in beautifully as an almost-uncle. What a lovely, lovely man! My father turned into someone else, with ridiculous chortles in the corner of the room, when they got together. I think he was more brother than nephew to him, and I know they adored each other. I always looked forward to seeing Stuart and Barbara for all their lightness and joy. Very much missed forever, and huge hugs to all of you - what a sad loss in your lives. With much love, Katrina
Posted by Katherine Gilmour on 2nd April 2015
My family and I join in sending our heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and to the entire Bartle family. I have wonderful memories of days as neighbors on 95th Street, and good times in Wellfleet. Stuart was a rare and wonderful person.
Posted by Ken Barron on 1st April 2015
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time. The Barron Family
Posted by Dusty Rhodes on 31st March 2015
My sincere sympathy thoughts to you and your lovely family. Dusty Rhodes
Posted by Cindy And Eric Greenberg on 31st March 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John and the boys. We love you.

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