Richard A. Bartlett, M.D.
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Retired Clinton doctor; Navy, Air Force Vet
BOLTON -- Richard Atherton Bartlett, M.D., U.S.A.F. Col. Ret., died March 25, 2013, after a courageous five year battle with cancer.
Born in Haverhill, he was the only son of Dorothy (Bean) and Ralph A. Bartlett. He was a direct descendant of Richard Bartlett who settled in Newburyport in 1634. Growing up in Groveland, he attended the local schools until he entered Worcester Academy as a youth.
Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy through the Eddy Program. Returning from military service, he studied electrical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.
For a brief time, following graduation, he was employed at Suprenant Manufacturing of Clinton, where he designed aircraft wire. He left Suprenant to pursue a medical career and entered Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine in 1952. A graduate of the school in 1956, he then interned and completed a residency program at Hartford Hospital, Conn. In 1960, he established a private practice in internal medicine in Clinton and was associated with the Clinton Hospital. During his years in Clinton, he served as Chief of Staff for Clinton Hospital and as team physician for the Nashoba Regional High School football team. He also served as state medical examiner by appointment of the governor. In 1980, he retired from private practice to become Director of Medical Services at Hanscom Air Force Base.
A member of the U.S. Air Force, he retired in 1986 having achieved the rank of Colonel.
In his years of retirement, Dr. Bartlett became active in the Bolton School System where he taught science to appreciative eighth graders for several years. For leisure, he enjoyed building and flying radio controlled model airplanes and was a member of the Quinapoxet and Crowe Island Flying Clubs. He also mentored many novice pilots who were able to successfully solo thanks to his tutelage.
Music was a great love of his. He was a member of the Montachusett Organ Society and spent many happy hours playing his various keyboard instruments. Until January of this year, Dr. Bartlett had entertained residents of area nursing homes with his musical programs comprised mainly of golden oldies, which were always enjoyed. He also belonged to a group called the "Alley Cats" which performed locally for many years. He was named a Woodrow Wilson Alumnus by Johns Hopkins University in 2000 to recognize his outstanding philanthropy.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Avis (Hopfmann) Bartlett. Also surviving are one son, Will and his wife Karen of Glen Allen, Virginia; and a daughter, Elizabeth Bartlett of Freeport, Maine; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A sister-in-law, Margaret Harriman Schipp of Lancaster, her son, Franklin Harriman, and daughter, Nancy Church also survive.
BARTLETT -- There are no calling hours. There will be a memorial service at the convenience of the family in the near future. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton. If donations are to be made, please consider the Clinton Hospital Foundation, 201 Highland St., Clinton, MA 01510.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Mar. 28, 2013