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MSU mourns death of professor emeritus David Bartlett

David BartlettDavid John Bartlett, 73, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, passed away Feb. 12, 2021. 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 In retirement he enjoyed photographing nature, wildlife, exhibiting his work and spending time with his beloved wife and his cats. 

Bartlett was preceded in death by his parents and 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. 

Visitation is planned at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, Michigan, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a funeral service at 4 p.m.