MSU mourns the death of professor emeritus David Bartlett

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Morehead State mourned the loss of Professor Emeritus David John Bartlett, who died Feb. 12, 2021, in Farmington, Michigan. He was born May 6, 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was the son of John and Beatrice (Erickson) Bartlett.   

He graduated in 1965 from West Green Bay High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Carlton College, a Master of Philosophy in Philosophy from Yale University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Michigan.    

Bartlett was professor emeritus of photography in the Department of Art and Design at Morehead State University, where he taught from 1980 to 2012 before retiring. As a professor, he advised students, coordinated the graduate art program, and was recognized for his creative works.  

He exhibited his photographs throughout the United States and the world. His photography may be viewed online at www.silverandink.com. In retirement he enjoyed photographing nature, wildlife, exhibiting his work and spending time with his beloved wife and cats.  

Bartlett was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Weihong Sun; stepdaughter, Daodao Zhang; brothers Paul (Linda) Bartlett, and Derald (Lynn) Chartier; nieces Heather Bartlett Schley, Diane Chartier Gurr and nephews Bruce and Douglas Chartier.