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William G. Bartholomew, Ed.D.
Dr. William G. Bartholomew, 96, formerly of Emmaus, a life-long educator who served as the first Executive Director of the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit and as a leader in the planning and formation of the Lehigh County Vocational Technical School and the Lehigh/Carbon Community College, died on January 4, 2013, at Luther Crest Retirement Community in Allentown. Dr. Bill Bartholomews 40-year career in public education began as a teacher in a one-room school in Thomasburg, Pennsylvania, near Easton in 1936, following graduation from Kutztown Teachers College, as class president at age 19. After teaching in Plymouth Township and Bristol, PA, he served as a teacher and basketball coach (winning the Allentown eighth-grade championship) at Harrison-Morton Junior High School in Allentown. Several years later he was named principal of Ritter Elementary and Midway Manor Schools. His experience as a principal led him to seek a masters degree in school administration, which he received from Lehigh University in 1948. He then served as Elementary Education Advisor for the state Department of Public Instruction in Harrisburg, and in 1955 returned to Allentown as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Lehigh County. He continued his education, earning an Ed.D. from Temple University in 1958. In 1966 he was named Lehigh Countys Superintendent of Schools, a position he held until his selection in 1971 as the first Executive Director of the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit. On assuming his position as County Superintendent, he observed that the county was on the threshold of a new educational era: When I think of the programs ahead- a community college, an area vocational-technical school, a cultural center, and a new approach to in-service education- I know we have a lot of work ahead of us. This work became the proudest accomplishment of his career. Dr. Bartholomew lent his skills and influence to many professional and civic organizations. He was President of the Board of Trustees of the Lehigh County Childrens Aid Society, the Lehigh County Childrens Bureau, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania School Administrators, and was a member of the executive committee of the Pennsylvania County Superintendents Association. He served on the boards of trustees of public broadcasting station WLVT, Lehigh County Children and Family Services, the AVTS Authority, and the Lehigh Carbon Community College. He also served on the Board of Elders of the Emmaus Moravian Church and was president of the Emmaus Public Library and vice president of the 1803 House in Emmaus.In recognition of his contributions he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kutztown University in 1963 and was named a Zephyr Graduate of Distinction by Whitehall High School in 2011. Following his retirement in 1976, Dr. Bartholomew served as a visiting lecturer and adjunct professor in administration at Lehigh University, and as a consultant on a federal research project on reading. During retirement, he and his wife enjoyed travel, visiting all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries. He also played golf (scoring two holes-in-one at Brookside Country Club) and followed his favorite sport, baseball, which he had played as a youth and in college. While playing as a young man in the Lehigh Valley Twilight League (spectator admission was 15 cents), Bill pitched a 10-inning no-hit game for the Fullerton Ramblers that ended in a scoreless tie due to darkness. Another life-long interest was music. Bill played the clarinet and saxophone in the college band and orchestra and sang in the chorus. Bill was born in West Catasauqua to parents of modest backgrounds and limited education. He was proud of his Pennsylvania German heritage and traced his ancestors, who first settled in the Danielsville area in 1751, to Zweibrucken, Germany. An early settler, Heinrich Bartholomew, a Revolutionary War veteran, and another Northampton County farmer, used their wagons to haul valuable papers and money from Philadelphia to Easton to hide them from the British in 1778. Bill was a true gentleman and a thoughtful and caring person, who was dearly loved by his family and respected by all who knew him. Survivors: Bill was predeceased by his wife, Carrie (nee Paules of Slatington); and is survived by his son, Richard W. and wife, Julia, of Philadelphia; and grandson, Andrew, of NYC; his son, James A. and wife, Terri, of Allentown; and granddaughter, Erika, of Plantation, FL; his daughter, Peggy A. Melchior, and husband, Jack, of Allentown; and granddaughter, Daria A. Rohrer and husband, Peter, of Stevens, PA; and great-grandsons, Cyprus and Asher; and his grandson, Nicholas J. Crisp, of Allentown, and great-grandson, Dillan. Services: A service of remembrance will be held at Crest Hall, Luther Crest Retirement Community, 800 Hausman Road, Allentown, PA 18104, on Saturday, January 19, at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be made to www.schantzfh.com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emmaus Moravian Church and Emmaus Public Library.
Published in Morning Call on Jan. 6, 2013
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