Mr. Burnett Graham Bartley Jr.
Mr. Burnett Graham Bartley Jr., 88, a prominent resident of Fox Chapel, Pa., St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands and Mayville, N.Y., passed peacefully Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his Fox Chapel home with his wife and children by his side.
He grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and was the son of Burnett Graham Bartley and Helen McKee McKen-ney. He was a descendant of Patrick Graham, a Revolutionary War hero who served on Gen. George Washington’s staff and the great-grandson of Xavier Wittmer, president of the Wittmer Oil and Gas Company and founder of the American Natural Gas Company.
Mr. Bartley attended Shadyside Academy in Fox Chapel, Pa. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1949. Mr. Bartley was also a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Business Program in 1965.
Mr. Bartley joined Koppers Inc.-Pittsburgh on July 25, 1949, as a trainee in the technical department of the Forest Products Divi-sion at Orville, Ohio. He was elected vice president and general manager of the Koppers Forest Products Division in 1968. He was elected group vice president in the executive department in 1972 with responsibility for forest products and specialty chemicals. In 1978, Mr. Bartley was elected deputy chairman of the board of directors with responsibili-ties for all phases of the corporation’s activities. He resigned from Koppers in 1988 upon purchasing the former Koppers Chemicals and Coatings Division (Kop-Coat Inc.) of which he became chairman and CEO. Mr. Bartley was also chairman and CEO of Anegada Group Inc., a privately held investment holding company.
Mr. Bartley served during World War II in the 1st United States Army for Normandy Landing in 1944 and the 7th and 9th United States Army. He also served in Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd United States Army from 1944 to the end of hostilities in Europe. He was promoted to sergeant to second lieutenant while serving with the 35th Infantry Division in France. He received a presidential cita-tion, Combat Infantry badge, two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star for five campaigns of Africa, Middle East, Normandy, Ardennes and central Europe. He received a Bronze Star, a Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the French Legion of Honor (France’s highest honor), as well as the Infantryman’s Order of St. Maunce, its highest award. Mr. Bartley was also a recipient of a Deplome of the Republique Francoise Consul Regional DeBase Nor-mandy for his personal part in Normandy’s liberation.
He was a lifetime member and director of the 35th Infantry Association, and a director and founding member of the Friends of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. On June 3, 2009, the National Infantry Association bestowed upon Mr. Bartley the Order of Saint Maurice in the rank of Centurion, its most prestigious award for his service in the U.S. Army’s combat infantry. On June 5, 2009, Mr. Bartley was awarded the French Republic’s highest award for valor, the French Legion of Honor, established in 1802 by Napolean, and remains the highest decoration bestowed by the French Republic.
Mr. Bartley was honored as a guest of the French government on June 6, 2009, at a historic D-Day ceremony in Normandy commemorating the landings at Omaha and Utah beaches attended by President Nicholas Sarkozy of France, President Barack Obama of the United States, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United King-dom.
Mr. Bartley set a number of hydroplane speed boat records in the 1950s and 1960s. He became a driver of Bill Harrah’s unlimited hydroplanes, “Miss Budweiser” and “Tahoe Miss.” He won the World Hydroplane Championship, the national championship twice and set the world competition and world straightaway speed records. He was inducted into the Marine Racing Hall of Fame.
Mr. Bartley was an active civic and charitable leader in the Pittsburgh region. He was a former director of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the United Way of Allegheny County, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and The Children’s Institute. He was a former chairman of the board of trustees of Point Park University, executive committee member, the Ex-plorers Division of the Boy Scouts of America, a director of the Foreign Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, former director of the Health Research and Ser-vices Foundation and the Michigan Institute of Technology.
He was a member of the Rolling Rock Club, Duquesne Club, Fox Chapel Golf Club, Laurel Valley Golf Club, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Annapolis Yacht Club, St. John Yacht Club of the U.S. Vir-gin Islands, Buffalo Launch Club and the Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club, Lake-wood, N.Y.
He is preceded in death by his adoring wife of 47 years, Mary Lou Gilbert; his cherished grandson, Richard Brian Cullinan Jr.; and two sisters: Margaret Griffith and Suzanne Jack-son. Other survivors include his loving wife Wendy as well as a sister Helen “Honey” Barnes; and seven children: Burnett Graham Bartley III (Patricia) of Dal-las, Texas, Davison W. Bartley (Suzanne) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Richard M. Bartley of Pittsburgh, Parker B. Bartley (Donna) of Fox Chapel, Heather Cullinan (Richard) of Fox Chapel, Tiffany Martha (JP) of Gibsonia, Pa., and Timothy Vogler of Fox Chapel. He was the adoring grandfather of 18 grandchildren: Kristen Bartley, Brittany Bartley, Taylor Bartley, Morgan Bartley, Graham Bartley, Brooks Bartley, Richard Bartley, Makayla Bartley, Parker Bartley, Griffin Bartley, Richard Cullinan, Caroline Cullinan, Patrick Cullinan, Coleman Cullinan, Aubrey Cullinan, Jack Martha, Logan Martha and McKenney Martha.
No visitation. Service and interment private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Children’s Institute, C/O Institutional Advancement Department, 1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or The Richard Bri-an Cullinan Jr. Memorial Fund, C/O The Pittsburgh Foundation, Five PPG Place, Suite 250, Pitts-burgh, PA 15222.
Arrangements by Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Aspinwall.