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Stuart Hawley (Bart) Bartholomew

1925 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Stuart Hawley (Bart) Bartholomew Obituary
STUART HAWLEY (BART) BARTHOLOMEW 2/05/25 7/12/13 Stuart Hawley (Bart) Bartholomew died peacefully in his home on Friday, July 12, 2013, after being ill for several months. Bart was fond of phrases as a way of summing up a person or a situation. One of the last things he said was, "He was a fine man." Everyone who knew Bart will agree this was an apt description of him, a man who was loved and adored by his family and respected and appreciated by his friends and colleagues. Bart was born to Claire Kenneth and Jane Bartholomew on February 5, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His family soon moved to Oregon, and he spent most of his childhood in the Lake Oswego area. Bart was still in high school when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. On his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy in order to become a carrier fighter pilot. Fortunately for Bart, his family to be, and the heavy construction industry, the Navy decided that he would make a better engineer than pilot. The Navy enrolled Bart in NROTC programs at the University of Washington and later the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Bart went on to earn a master of science degree in civil engineering, also from UC Berkeley. He was deployed briefly with the Seabees to Guam near the end of World War II. While serving there, Bart worked for the legendary dam builder, Harvey Slocum, an association that had a major influence on his career. As a student at Berkeley, he met Carol Hughes, who became his first wife and mother of their four children. After his discharge from active duty and a brief (and uninspiring) employment as a design engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bart followed Harvey Slocum to work on Bull Shoals Dam in Arkansas. This was the beginning of Bart's long and notably successful career in the heavy construction industry, which included such projects as Bhakra Dam in Punjab, India; Karnaphuli Dam in Bangladesh; port and rail facilities in Port Hedland, Western Australia; several segments of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco and the East Bay; and numerous marine, bridge, transportation and tunneling projects in the Midwest and on the East Coast. In the late 1960s, Bart met and went to work for John Sault of Fruin-Colnon Corporation, becoming a vice president and member of the board of directors before his retirement in the early 1980s. It was during his employment with Fruin-Colnon that he formed many of the friendships and close relationships with both colleagues and competitors that he so valued as the most enduring and meaningful aspect of his work. Bart was a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of both the Moles and Beavers heavy engineering construction associations for over 25 years. Bart married Margaret Gegg in 1962. Margaret's three children and Bart's four children formed a large family that bonded over many years of holidays, summers and celebrations. Married in California, they later moved to Western Australia, returned to the Bay Area, then moved to St. Louis, Mo., where they lived for nine years. Bart always attributed much of his professional success to Margaret's constancy, support and acceptance of his career and the demands it made on their family life. In 1984, they returned to California and settled in Chico, where they were very active participants in the community. Bart and Margaret chose to retire in Chico so that Bart could pursue a second career as a professor of Construction Management at California State University, Chico. He wanted to contribute to the industry he loved so much through teaching and mentoring its next generation of leaders. The many Chico State Construction Management graduates now working in the heavy civil construction industry who remember Bart with fondness, respect and appreciation are the testament to his success that he most valued. He also published college text books on the legal aspects of construction and heavy construction estimating, which are still in use. While he was teaching, Bart remained active in the heavy construction industry through his consulting business and service on numerous dispute resolution boards. In 2000 the Beavers honored him with its annual Engineering Award for outstanding achievement in Heavy Engineering Construction. He attended his last Beavers Award Dinner in January, 2013, shortly before he became seriously ill. After Bart's retirement from teaching and consulting, Bart and Margaret finally had the time to travel and fully enjoy their many dogs, children and grandchildren and pursue their lifelong passion for music and the arts. Bart began singing lessons, which he enjoyed immensely. Margaret and Bart had a rewarding life together in their 49 years of marriage. Bart remained an active member and past secretary of the Chico Breakfast Lions Club until his death. Margaret died in 2012. Bart is survived by his sons, Steve Bartholomew (Lyn), Tony Bartholomew (Naomi), Jay Bartholomew (Cindy), all of Keaau, Hawaii, Nate Bartholomew (Kathy) of Portland, Oregon and Bill Gegg (Sharon) of Pleasant Hill, and daughters Caroline Gegg of Pleasant Hill and Margot Gegg (Larry Mitchell) of Chico. Bart's grandchildren are Josh (Kate), Jevon, Bryna, Weslee, Courtney, Andrew, Kelly, Robin (Kainoa), Kyle (Joan), Evan (Kelly) and Levi (Melissa). He has a number of great-grandchildren. He is also survived by niece Louise Specht (Tim) and their children, Liz and Greg. In the early fall, Bart's family and friends will gather at the family home in Chico to remember and celebrate his life.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 24, 2013
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