Bartl, Charles P.
Dr. Charles Bartl died in Sun City, Arizona on August 22, 2013 with his devoted wife Mary Kay by his side. He was 84. Dad was born to Peter and Wilhelmina "Minnie" Bartl on March 14, 1929 in Sacramento, California. During his youth, his family split time between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, which became his favorite place on earth. Dad served his country as a Marine Intelligence Officer during the Korean War. Upon returning from Korea, Dad met and married his first wife, Brigitte Kniesel. They were married for 25 years and had four children. Dad started his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada. While at Nevada, he was on the boxing team, winning the middleweight boxing title in 1949. He also coached boxing while at Nevada. After graduation he did post graduate studies in Psychology at Stanford University. He received his M.A. Degree from Sacramento State and his Ph.D. in Psychology and Communications from the University of Denver. In 1958 he began his career as a professor of Psychology, Speech and Debate at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. He subsequently taught at Portland State University and Arizona State University. In addition, he was a professional motivational speaker. Although he was particularly happy teaching at ASU, Dad longed to return to his beloved Lake Tahoe. In 1966 he accepted a position at the University of Nevada in the Department of Educational Foundations teaching Statistics, Research, and Critical Thinking. He retired from Nevada in 1984. Dad met Mary Kay (Burgess) in 1992; they married in 2000. They spent 21 years together. Dad and Mary Kay retired to Sun City in 2001. Dad is survived by his wife Mary Kay, former wife Brigitte Zuger, children Renee (Bill Griffin), Cameron, Connan, Cliff (Heidi), and grandchildren Kendra, Gabrielle, and Chase.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 10, 2013