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BARTLETT, Cynthia L. Passed away on July 13, 2016 in Greenwood, Indiana after a long illness. She was born in Bloomington, Indiana on February 28, 1945, she was the daughter of Robert D. and Hilda (Herbster) Bartlett. Cindy graduated from University High School in Bloomington and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University where she also earned a Master of Arts in speech- language pathology, specializing in aphasia. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Cindy began her career at Rochester (NY) General Hospital with a focus on stroke rehabilitation. She earned her doctorate form the University of Pittsburg in 1982 and then worked as an assistant scientist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. She joined the faculty of Emerson College in Boston in 1985. In her 26 years at Emerson, Dr. Bartlett served as Graduate Program Director for 18 years, and she also served twice as Department Chair for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also taught courses in aphasia, neuroanatomy, and motor disorders at Emerson, retiring in 2011 with the honor of Professor Emerita. As a recognized leader in her field, she served as a delegate of the American Speech and Hearing Association to the Sino-American Conference on Brain Injury in Beijing,China. She also represented her field at a conference in Russia. Dr. Bartlett served as an inspiration to hundreds of her students throughout her career as she helped train a generation of students who have touched thousands of lives in their clinical work. Dr. Bartlett is survived by two sisters of Greenwood, IN: Sally Gerber and Susan Kensill (Mike); also five nieces, Hannah Gerber, Emma Gerber, Lucy Rohl (Scott), Elizabeth Gerber, and Megan Bowerman (Matt), one nephew Justin Kensill (Trinka), and an aunt, Susan Bartlett of Bloomington. A Memorial visitation will be held Monday, July 18, 2016 from 4:00PM until 8:00PM at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 South Old State Road 37. Online condolences, memories and photos may be shared with family and friends at

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Published in Boston Globe from Jul. 13 to Jul. 14, 2016.
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September 23, 2016
I know Cindy through the Communication Assocation of Massachusetts and as a fellow faculty at Emerson. Her commitment to the field and to her students and fellow faculty was a force with which to be reckoned. Her contribution was appreciated by all Rest in peace

Ina R. Ames
Ina Ames
September 22, 2016
I have very fond memories of Cindy's teaching, while I was a grad student at Emerson College during the years 1988-1990. She was very dedicated to her students, was highly knowledgeable in her field, and was a superb teacher. She was certainly among the best professors that I have encountered in many years of grad study in various fields.
Paul Goldstein
July 20, 2016
I have fond memories of Cindy. She was always impeccable in everything, especially her hair, which I greatly admired. She taught me how to "rat/back comb" my hair when we were sophomores in high school. So sad we have lost another great classmate. My Condolences to all her family.
Julie Ryan (Swaim)
July 14, 2016
I was a graduate student at Emerson College from 1995-1997. I LOVED Cindy! Even though I knew I was going to go into pediatrics, I took ALL of Cindy's adult-focused classes. That's how good she was. She was an excellent professor- very knowledgeable, super organized, engaging, fair, and approachable. She was also a master of grammar and the mechanics of writing, as my corrected papers often reflected! I also loved going to her office to visit her little Scottie dog Barney- that was good stress relief for a grad student! Cindy is with me every day of my professional life. Even though I am in pediatrics, I use so much information she taught in her Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology of Communicatio course. The lesson of Phineas Gage, the homonculus, and a mnemonic device to remember cranial nerves- "On Old Olympus Towering Tops, a Finn and German viewed some hops!" I literally have used one of Cindy's little shorthand writing abbreviations every single day of my professional life. I have also taught it to many of my own students. Cindy lives on in all of the students she worked with! She will not be forgotten. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Hope Dickinson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Boston Children's Hospital
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