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Dr. Charles P. Bartl

March 14, 1929

August 22, 2013

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 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 had four children.

Dad started his undergraduate degree at 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.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Sep. 1, 2013.
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September 17, 2013
September 17, 2013
During my years at Parsons College,[1958-61] Fairfield, Iowa, I was a student of Dr. Bartl. Although a history major, I took every clasas Dr. Bartl offered. His course in General Semantics was one of if not the best underqraduate courses I ever experienced.
Dr. Bartl was a great teacher and a very good person. As a teacher he had that unique ability to inspire confidence and bring out the best in students. He motivated us to believe in ourselves.

He will be missed.

Patrick "Pat" J. Gilpin
Patrick "Pat" Gilpin
September 17, 2013
Dr. Bartl had a positive impact on me at Parsons (graduated in 3 yrs, 1958-61). He aligned me with So. Ill. U. where I did 2 masters and Ph.D. and taught for 35 yrs, retiring in 1995. I was on the debate team at P.C. so spent many weekends with Dr. B. His class on General Semantics was a WHOPPER and enlightening to all. Am sad to learn of his passing, am pleased with his many positive educational endeavors.
David N. Bateman
September 6, 2013
Renee and family, Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I am certain his soul rests with Our Father in Heaven.
September 1, 2013
My condolences to the family and I hope you will find some solace in the fact that fathers live on in their children.
Mark Green
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