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Herbert Bartholomew


GOUVERNEUR-Herbert Almon Bartholomew, 92, of Arlington, VA. passed away December 30, 2012. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Mr. Bartholomew will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothea Claire (Cummings) formerly of Gouverneur; four sons, Allan ( Debbie), Barry, Herbert (Francoise), Brian (Nellie) and a daughter Kimberly Bartholomew Smith (Steve). He is also survived by a brother Charles (Bart) Bartholomew of Gouverneur and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Predeceased in death are a daughter Patricia (Bartholomew) Rubnich Cowart, his parents Herbert O. Bartholomew and Edna (Butler) of Gouverneur and a brother Donald, also of Gouverneur.

Mr. Bartholomew graduated number 2 in his class at Gouverneur High School in 1938. Prior to graduating Mr. Bartholomew attained the highest rank in The Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle in 1936. He used his Boy Scout training at age 14 when he rescued John White from drowning by pulling him from the water and applying CPR.

Mr. Bartholomew attended business school in Philadelphia, NY and worked for the B.O. Kinney Drug Company as a bookkeeper until 1941. On October 14, 1941 Mr. Bartholomew enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, the first Gouverneur youth to enlist in the Marines. He saw action in the Pacific theater of operations including the landings at Guadalcanal and Tinian and the Naval Battle at Okinawa. Finally, he participated in occupation duty in Tientsin, North China.

After the war Mr. Bartholomew returned to Gouverneur in 1946 and worked for the Ruderman Exchange Company as a bookkeeper. He reenlisted in the Marine Corp in November of 1947 and made a career of the service, retiring in 1963 at the rank of 1st Sergeant.

Upon retirement Mr. Bartholomew worked as a Military Pay Specialist at the Navy Annex to the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. His Quadrennial Review of Military Staff Compensation was the single most authoritative reference on all military compensation and related manpower cost matters that existed. It became the standard reference for the U.S. Congress on the subject matter. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld presented Mr. Bartholomew with the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Medal for his work on November 31, 1976. Mr. Bartholomew retired from the Defense Department in 1981 to reside in Arlington, VA. Donations in his memory may be made to any Military Charity Association.

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