Thomas Shelley Vallette Bartlett ’45 died on September 18, 2006, in Castine.
Thomas Shelley Vallette Bartlett ’45 died on September 18, 2006, in Castine. Born on February 12, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY, he prepared for college at Radnor High School in Wayne, PA, and the Haverford School also in Pennsylvania and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. He joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1943 and became a pilot and navigator on aircraft in the Philippines during World War II as an ensign. After the war, he returned to the College and following his graduation in 1947 joined the General Refractories Company in Pittsburgh, a business that manufactured brick and mortar for steel plant boilers. His job was located in Chicago, IL, and he spent his entire career with that company, retiring in 1989 as the regional sales manager.After that he divided his time between Castine in Maine and Naples, FL, and volunteered his services to Habitat for Humanity for more than 15 years in Florida. He also served on the board of directors of the Palm River Homeowners’Association. Summers were spent in Castine, where he was chair of the Maine Street Church’s Stewardship Committee. He was married in 1946 to Louise Reynolds, who died in 2002, and is survived by his second wife, Mary Sawyer Durgin Bartlett, whom he married in 2003; her son, Kevin Durgin of Boston; two sons,Thomas S.V. Bartlett, Jr. of Springfield, IL, and Boyd R. Bartlett of Fort Collins, CO; a daughter, Shelley L. Small of Castine; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.