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CARL WILLIAM BARTH

Born: January 3, 1940
Died: September 9, 2012

Carl William Barth, son of Walther L. A. Barth and Gertrude Louise Kent Barth, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The family moved to Abington, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia and he graduated from Abington High School.

Bill was a non-resident member of Branford College. He was a member of the Freshman and Varsity Fencing Teams. He was physics major and on Dean's List.

After graduation, Bill worked as a physicist for the Navy. He then obtained his architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced architecture with Philadelphia firms and pursued interests in solar energy technologies and advocacy architecture.

In 1971 Bill moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he joined the faculty of the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee. He taught architecture for 6 years as an Assistant Professor. He pioneered "Design/Build" and solar architecture.

In 1978 he left academia and reentered private practice, forming the firm of Barth and Ramsbottom for 7 years. He then developed a solo practice working out of his home and with the Community Design Center. He continued to practice architecture right up to the end of his life. In all he practiced and taught architecture for more than 45 years.

His first marriage was to Elizabeth Ann Green in 1960, who gave birth to his son Charles Walther Barth. In our 25th Reunion Book Bill described his first 2 marriages as "wonderful."

In 1983 he met and subsequently married Victoria (Vicki) Creed, his third wife, who survives him.

Bill lived a purposeful life and truly was a renaissance man whose interests, expertise and activities spanned the worlds of nature, the intellect, the arts, the spiritual, technology, sports, crafts, play, humor and fun. He was an active backpacker, a regular at Knoxville Smokies baseball games, a student and teacher of Tai Chi. He loved classical music, John Prine, The Rolling Stones, and Paul Simon. Bill was both strong and gentle; finding beauty and fun in all things. He pursued his passions for life, combining the creative with the technical.

His Freshman year roommate Jack Williams described Bill as, "The quintessential free spirit, a good college friend and a lot of fun to be around. He loved wearing a Tyrolian hat and lederhosen. Bill's family was from Abington, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, and I visited his home several times. His mother and father were very kind me, to a kid from Indiana. He had an old Volkswagen that he always drove at full speed. He was active in fencing at Yale. We continued to socialize during our Yale careers and in Philadelphia when he was in graduate school for several years thereafter. His son Charlie was the light of his life. He visited my wife Gail and me in New Jersey several years ago on his way from Knoxville, Tennessee to a program on Tai Chi in upstate New York. I remember him doing his Tai Chi exercises in our back yard, somewhat to the consternation of our neighbors."

In addition to his widow, Bill was survived by his beloved son Charlie and 2 stepsons, Peter and Michael Artin.

The family asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.




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