The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association laments the passing of Robert (Bob) G. Bartlett, who died on Jan. 28, 2016. Described as “a former Pennsylvania highway secretary and engineer who seems to be carved from the very construction material he represents” by the Washington Post, Bartlett was a crucial figure in the aggregates industry.
“Our industry has lost a truly great leader,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “Few people were as passionate about our industry as Bob. He sought to bring together two separate aggregates associations into one entity that represented the best of our industry and provided a clear voice on Capitol Hill for producers and the companies that serve them.”
Born Nov. 12, 1931 in Oceanside, N.Y., he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He married his high school sweetheart upon graduation in June 1953, the former Carol Ann Sturr of Brooklyn, N.Y., and enjoyed over 62 years of marriage before his passing. He is survived by his wife, their five children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
As president of the National Stone Association, he frequently met with producers and association members around the country and was said to speak “volubly and authoritatively, in a measured, presidential sort of way.” He retired as president of the National Stone Association in 1997. During Bartlett’s tenure, the association doubled in membership size and the Aggregates Foundation was created with a $5 million endowment for the Center for Aggregates Research.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, people consider making a donation in his honor to the USMA Class of 1953 Superintendent’s Endowment, and mailed to the Office of Class Giving, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996-1607.