William G. Bartholomew, Ed.D.
Dr. Will-iam G. Bar-tholomew, 96, formerly of Emmaus, a life-long educator who served as the first executive director of the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit and as a leader in the planning and formation of the Lehigh County Vocational Technical School and the Lehigh/Carbon Community College, died Jan. 4, 2013, at Luther Crest Retirement Community in Allentown. He was the husband of the late Carrie (Paules) Bartholomew. He was born in West Catasauqua.
"Dr. Bill's" 40-year career in public education began as a teacher in a one-room school in Thomasburg in 1936, following graduation from Kutztown Teachers College, as class president at age 19. After teaching in Plymouth Township and Bristol, he served as a teacher and basketball coach (winning the Allentown eighth-grade championship) at Harrison-Morton Junior High School. Several years later he was named principal of Ritter Elementary and Midway Manor schools.
He earned a master's degree in school administration from Lehigh University in 1948. He then served as elementary education advisor for the state Department of Public Instruction, and in 1955 returned to Allentown as assistant superintendent of schools for Lehigh County.
He continued his education, earning an Ed.D. from Temple University in 1958. In 1966 he was named Lehigh County's superintendent of schools, a position he held until his selection in 1971 as the first executive director of the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit.
He served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Lehigh County Children's Aid Society, the Lehigh County Children's Bureau, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania School Administrators, and was a member of the executive committee of the Pennsylvania County Superintendents Association. He served on the board of trustees of public broadcasting station WLVT, Lehigh County Children and Family Services, the AVTS Authority and the Lehigh Carbon Community College.
He also served on the board of elders of the Emmaus Moravian Church and was president of the Emmaus Public Library and vice president of the 1803 House in Emmaus.
In recognition of his contributions, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kutztown University in 1963 and was named a Zephyr Graduate of Distinction by Whitehall High School in 2011. Following his retirement in 1976, he served as a visiting lecturer and adjunct professor in administration at Lehigh University, and as a consultant on a federal research project on reading.
During retirement, he and his wife enjoyed travel. He played golf and followed his favorite sport, baseball. Another life-long interest was music. He played the clarinet and saxophone in college and orchestra and sang in the chorus.
He is survived by sons, Richard W. and his wife Julia, of Philadelphia, James A. and his wife, Terri, of Allentown; daughter, Peggy A. and husband Jack Melchior, of Allentown; grandsons, Andrew of New York City and Nicholas J. Crisp, of Allentown; granddaughter, Erika, of Plantation, Fla., Daria A. and her husband Peter Rohrer of Stevens; great-grandsons, Cyprus, Asher and Dillan.
Contributions may be made to the Emmaus Moravian Church and the Emmaus Public Library.
A service of remembrance will be held at Crest Hall, Luther Crest Retirement Community, 800 Hausman Road, Allentown, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.
Arrangements were made by the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C. Emmaus.