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Obituary: Richard A. Bartsch

by Linda Wang
January 24, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 4


Credit: Courtesy of Nadine Bartsch
Richard Bartsch

Richard A. Bartsch, 79, died on Nov. 28, 2019, in League City, Texas.

“Dr. Bartsch was an organic chemist specializing in chemical separations. He worked for more than 40 years at Texas Tech University, where he earned recognition as a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, the university’s highest faculty honor. He published more than 450 articles, supervised 54 doctoral students, and served as department chair for 15 years. In 2010, he became a fellow of the American Chemical Society. In 2011, he was honored to have many of his former students and collaborators attend a research lab reunion. In 2015, he moved from Lubbock to League City to be closer to family and his new grandson.”—Robert Bartsch, son

Most recent title: Professor of chemistry, Texas Tech University

Education: BS, chemistry, 1962, and MS, chemistry, 1963, Oregon State University; PhD, chemistry, Brown University, 1986

Survivors: Wife, Nadine; daughter, Lisa; son, Robert; one grandson

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Nabeel B Nabulsi (July 22, 2020 6:12 PM)
With great sorrow I just learned about the passing of my mentor professor Richard Bartsch. I first met him when I was undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington when he spoke about the synthesis and applications of crown ethers. I later joined his research group in 1980 and obtained my M.S. under his mentorship. I am forever indebted to professor Bartsch for shaping my academic future.

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