David E. Bartlett

David E. Bartlett

David E. Bartlett passed away at home on May 8, 2014. He was born on March 18, 1917 in Bloomfield, New Jersey, to Grace Zeliff and Clarence Durand Bartlett.

David E. Bartlett obtained his D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 1940 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1952. After a year with USDA’s Tuberculosis Eradication Division, Dr. Bartlett worked for USDA’s National Agricultural Research Center for 7 years conducting research on bovine venereal trichomoniasis. He then moved to the University of Minnesota to pursue his Ph.D. From 1953 to 1979, he worked for American Breeders Service (ABS) and continued consulting work with ABS though 1991. He served as “Vice-President of Production and Veterinarian” from 1968-1975 and “Director of Production Division” from 1976-1979. He personally participated in artificial insemination (AI) training of over 3,000 students, several hundred of whom were from foreign countries.

Dr. Bartlett was active in international projects to share artificial insemination technology with many other nations, including Brazil (1958), Mexico (1959), Dominican Republic (1963), Trinidad-Tobago (1969), and the Azores (1979). Dr. Bartlett was a senior veterinarian (Commander) in the US Public Health Service inactive reserves. He was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the American College of Theriogenologists and became a Charter Member in 1970 and its first President from 1971-1973. He published over 75 journal articles and chapters and was the recipient of many awards, including the Borden Award (1970), Honored Alumnus from Colorado State (1976), Meritorious Service Award from the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (1977) and Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Animal Breeders (1980). The American College of Theriogenology and the Society of Theriogenology have established the annual David E. Bartlett Lecture/Award.

David is survived by his wife Marjorie Cooper Heiner Bartlett, Ph.B., Ph.M. of Madison, Wisconsin and his two sons Dr. David H. Bartlett (Dr. Cheryl) and Dr. Paul C. Bartlett (Pamela), four grandchildren: Dr. Allison Bartlett (Shawn Hannan), Dr. Nathaniel Bartlett (Dr. Lisa Woodson), Andrew Bartlett and Alexander Bartlett and four great-grandchildren: Cooper, Owen, and William Hannan and Lev Bartlett. David leaves behind many friends in Madison at Oakwood Village University Woods, Madison, Wisconsin and in Hawaii where he and his wife Marge visited to avoid at least part of 24 Wisconsin winters. Dave and his wife Marge were members at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, Wisconsin and the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Kona, Hawaii where they had participated in the building of the church. Dave was active at his residence at Oakwood Village Community Woods where he served on numerous committees and participated in many of the trips and activities. He especially enjoyed his membership in Madison’s downtown Rotary Club with its many excellent programs. David was an avid traveler, having visited all 50 states and all continents except for Antarctica.

A memorial service is planned for July 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Oakwood Village, University Woods, Resurrection Chapel, 6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Luther Memorial Church Foundation, 1021 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715; Oakwood Foundation, Inc., 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705 https://oakwoodfoundationinc.org/ ; or Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 77-165 Lako St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2266.