Deceased March 11, 2014
Herb Bartholomew, a kind, caring and humorous member of our class, died at home March 11, 2014, in Colton, N.Y., after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. From the first diagnosis, he vowed to fight the cancer with all he had. And so he did. With him when he passed away was Victoria Slon, his second wife, who helped care for him during his illness.
Herb was an accomplished OB/GYN. At Amherst, he majored in biology/chemistry and went on to earn a medical degree at Albany Medical College. Herb served more than two years active duty as a U.S. Air Force doctor in England. He and his first wife, Connie, spent several years in Maine raising their children, with Herb taking on more medical and management challenges.
Flash to the mid-’90s: Herb and Connie moved to Colton and opted for a snowbird schedule—half the year in Colton and half on the west coast of Florida.
And so it was until the wheels fell off in 1997. Connie acquired an incurable disease and died quickly. Herb’s son Herbert IV died suddenly and unexpectedly. Devastated, Herb relied on support groups, which included his incredibly bonded freshman-year roommates on the fourth floor of Morrow Hall: Dr. Kenneth Hall and the late Bill Millard ’53. A good tennis player, Herb introduced his doubles partner, Jacqui, to Seward Smith ’53, who had also lost his wife that year after a tragic equestrian accident. Jacqui and Seward fell in love quickly, married and now celebrate all their love and anniversaries every single month.
Herb’s life was one of triumph and tragedy. What lives on is the power of his lasting friendships and love for his family. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, a brother-in-law and numerous other relatives across New York State.
Philip W. Ransom Jr. ’53