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Neil Avery Bartley Jr. ’55

Published in Nov. 22, 2000, issue

Neil died June 5, 2000, of complications from diabetes, a week after he and Sue celebrated their 40th anniversary (and from afar our 45th reunion). A native of Kansas City, Kans., Neil attended Shawnee Mission H.S. At Princeton, he majored in philosophy, was active in the Student Christian Assn., joined Tower Club, and, as an accomplished trombonist, played in the marching band and served as its conductor.

Neil attended Yale divinity school. After serving a number of inner-city parishes and marrying Sue, they returned to the family farm in Barnes, Kans., where Neil pursued his many loves - music, ministry, farming, and helping to raise their family. His greatest sources of pride, after family, were his successful farming endeavors and his program for small and vacant rural Presbyterian churches.

We have lost a devoted Princetonian and a wonderful person. A Princeton banner continues to wave outside his home. The class extends its deepest sympathy to Sue, daughters Sarah and Beth, and sons Jeff, Mark, and David.

The Class of 1955

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