Bartley Jr., Bayard, a resident of Fullerton, California, passed away January 13, 2013 following a battle with a number of health problems he no longer could defeat.|
A veteran of WWII, a clinical psychologist, school psychologist, mentor, teacher, student of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies, and a world traveler, he also has been a loyal friend to his Sunny Ridge neighbors for 40 years.
Often chided for his "thrifty" lifestyle, in spirit and caring, he was generous to a fault.
For many years Bayard was an active member of the International School Psychology Association that honored him with both the Distinguished Service Award and Honorary Life Membership. He taught at California High School in the Whittier School District and was a School Psychologist for the Santa Ana School District and an intern mentor for psychology students at Chapman College in Orange.
Born September 11, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Isabell and Bayard Bartley of Scottish/Irish/English ancestry, he came with his family to Los Angeles in 1928 where he graduated from George Washington High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Pepperdine University, he received a Masters Degree in Psychology from USC.
He was gifted with a melodious tenor voice and, early on, developed a deep love of both classical and popular music. From college years on, he sang with barbershop quartets, and in his
world travels he always was accompanied by his favorite ukulele which enabled him to run many a long airport layover into a joyous sing-along!
He has left behind Beth Bereki, his beloved companion of 30 years; his only sibling, Betty Bartley of Orange; his former wife and good friend, Virginia Bartley of La Mirada; a number of cherished cousins; and innumerable dear colleagues and friends worldwide whom he made part of his "extended family" throughout his life.
A private remembrance gathering is pending.
Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 25, 2013