On June 18th 2022, Brescia University lost one of the true pillars of the University community when David “Bart” Bartholomy passed away in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Bartholomy family and Brescia University hosted a memorial service on July 9th, 2022. The memorial service, held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel on Brescia University’s campus, was a fitting tribute to the life and legacy of an educator who impacted thousands of lives- in the classroom as a teacher, on the golf course as a coach, and in the community as a leader and friend to so many. Former students, friends, and family all paid tribute to their beloved Bart by recalling stories about and lessons learned from him.
There were multiple readings from Bart’s self-written textbook Sometimes You Just Have to Stand Naked. Music from Bob Dylan and Neil Young were played during the service. A friend performed a harmonica rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum was played, the song Bart said was the greatest rock and roll song ever made. The service ended with attendees singing all the verses to “Amazing Grace,” a song described by Bart, not a religious man, as one of his favorites. Following the service, a reception was hosted with a meal provided by local restaurants owned by
Brescia University is honored to announce the establishment of the David and Suzi Bartholomy Endowed Scholarship. The intention of this endowed scholarship is to both serve as a perpetual legacy to David and Suzi Bartholomy’s contributions to the
Brescia University community, and to aid in the financial assistance to deserving students. It is with utmost gratitude to an anonymous donor for their contribution to Brescia University that will establish this fund to serve as a memorial to the impact made by one of Brescia’s longest-tenured educators and his family.
To honor the impact that Bart and Suzi have had on students across academic disciplines and majors, this Endowed Scholarship will be available to students of any major in good standing with the University who have completed English 101 and submit an essay on the importance of writing in their college education.
This endowed scholarship will help create a source of scholarship funding for Brescia University students while allowing the University to permanently recognize the Bartholomys and will help give comfort to the Brescia University community in the celebration of an extraordinary life and career through this legacy.
Contributions in memory of David Bartholomy may be made to the David and Suzi Bartholomy Endowed Scholarship by calling 270-686-2111. The David and Suzi Bartholomy Endowed Scholarship will first be awarded during the 2023-2024 academic