William I. Barton ’41

William I. Barton ’41 died January 15, 2014, at his home in Concord, Mass. He was born in Amherst, Mass., on May 9, 1919, and prepared for college at Amherst High School and Monson Academy. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was the first Bowdoin student to be drafted during World War II. He served to technician fourth class in the 14th Calvary as a radio operator and translator in the European theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s of architecture from the Harvard University School of Design in 1950. He worked for several large architectural offices in the Boston area before establishing his own practices—first Harris Barton Associates Inc., then William I. Barton, Architect, and Associates. In addition to his architectural work, he was a designer of audio components, particularly electrostatic speakers for KLH, Acoustic Research, and JansZen Laboratory. He served on several Concord town committees over the years and was deeply committed to conservation, especially the cleaning up of the Concord River. He is survived by a sister, Thyrza White. He was predeceased by his wife of sixty-three years, Katherine Doran Barton, on January 31, 2005; and by his brothers, Hubert C. Barton Jr. ’32 and Preston N. Barton ’35.

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