WATERTOWN, NY (WWNY) — Dr. W. Barton (“Bart”) Van Slyck, 97, died peacefully at his residence in Watertown, NY on Jan. 12, 2023. Born in Governor, New York on Aug. 16, 1925, son of William M. Van Slyck and Gertrude (Slicker) Van Slyck. Bart was so properly organized all through his life that he even penned an obituary for him. (Sorry, Dad, we could not resist just a few tweaks.)
Bart spent his childhood days in Gouverneur the place his father was a longtime mayor, pharmacist and co-owner of Van Slyck & Curtis drug retailer. He had an early curiosity within the Boy Scouts of America and have become an Eagle Scout on the age of 15. This curiosity continued into maturity when he served as Waterfront Director of Boy Scout summer season camps for 4 years earlier than World Warfare II and 5 years after the battle for each the St. Lawrence and Rochester Councils of Scouts.
pupil and four-sport athlete, Bart graduated from Governor’s Excessive Faculty in 1943. Like a lot of his era, Bart was drafted into the U.S. Military in 1943 (November) and was scheduled to enter the Military’s Specialised Coaching Program. Nevertheless, that program was eradicated, and he was transferred to the Military’s 86th Division. When the “Battle of the Bulge” started, his division was deployed to Europe. He noticed motion within the Rhur Pocket and southern Germany till the top of the battle in Europe in April 1945. Bart then redeployed to the Pacific Theater in preparation for the invasion of Japan. He was honorably discharged in April 1946.
Later that yr, Bart enrolled in faculty at St. Lawrence College’s pre-med program in Canton, New York. At SLU, he loved being a member of the ATO fraternity, enjoying soccer, and sometimes touring to his hometown to play basketball with the Gouverneur American Legion.
In 1949, Bart entered the College of Rochester Faculty of Drugs. There he met and fell in love together with his spouse, and finest good friend of practically 70 years, Ana Jane Morenos, a nursing pupil on the College of Rochester Faculty of Nursing. They married on June 6, 1953 in Cortlandt, New York.
After medical faculty, the brand new Dr. Van Slyck spent one yr (1953-1954) in a rotating internship on the College of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville and a two-year inner drugs residency (1954-1956) on the College of Colorado Medical Heart in Denver (the place his sons David and Stephen had been born ). Bart and Ann then return to his hometown of Governor, New York the place he has practiced household drugs for 13 years (and the place his third son, Martin, is born).
In 1970, Bart started a three-year residency in diagnostic radiology at Upstate Medical Heart in Syracuse, New York. The household lived in Baldwinsville, New York throughout this time. After his coaching, the household returned to the North Nation the place he turned a companion at Northern Radiology Associates in Watertown, New York. Bart formally retired from the apply in 1987 however continued to apply radiology intermittently at quite a lot of hospitals in Maine, Michigan, New York and Virginia till 1990.
Early in his profession, Bart turned lively in Deliberate Parenthood in upstate New York and was one among its unique organizers and first medical director. He was honored in 1978 with the Alan F. Guttmacher Award from Deliberate Parenthood for World Inhabitants. In 2019, he acquired the Grace Wright Humanitarian Award for his work with Deliberate Parenthood.
Music and the church performed an necessary position in Barthes’ life. He and Ann had been deeply concerned in Presbyterian actions wherever they had been. Barthes was an elder in each the Governor’s and Watertown Presbyterian church buildings. He sang as an adolescent within the Gouverneur Presbyterian Choir, at St. Lawrence College within the chosen Laurentian Singers choir group, and within the Baldwinsville and Watertown Presbyterian choirs. He was lively in neighborhood theater in each Baldwinsville and Watertown. Highlights of his theatrical profession had been main components as Fagin in Oliver, King in The King and I – every with the Watertown Lyric Theatre.
Bart and Ann constructed their residence on Lake Sylvia within the 1960’s the place household and buddies loved many pleased summer season days. “Camp” was a spot the place Bart would typically show his prowess as a very inventive handyman and diving board leaping professional. He was a member of the Triple E and Dry Timber Lake fishing camps the place he loved many days together with his closest buddies. Upon retirement, he and Ann spent a number of years driving throughout the Decrease 48, in addition to in Canada, Alaska, and Newfoundland.
In 2000, after a few years of cautious analysis, Barthes revealed A Historical past of the Van Slyck Household tracing his lineage from Holland in 1634 to New York Metropolis to Schenectady, and finally to upstate New York. Bart and Ann have had many attention-grabbing adventures whereas doing analysis on the Nationwide Archives in Washington, many county places of work, and cemeteries throughout the nation.
Bart is survived by his spouse, Anna Jane, and their three sons – David (Susan Granay) of Yarmouth, MI, Stephen (Sharon) of Pittsford, New York, and Martin (Cindy) of Lake Almanor, California. He’s additionally survived by his great-granddaughter Lauren Van Slyck (Mark Desiderio) and Anna Van Slyck (Matthew St. George), great-great-granddaughter of Susan Desiderio, in addition to a number of beloved members of the family. Bart is handed on by his sister, Barbara (Van Slyck) Anderson.
A celebration of Bart’s life will happen at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church of Watertown (403 Washington Road).
Preparations with DL Calarco Funeral House, Inc. Condolences could be supplied on-line to www.dlcalarco.com
Contributions to Dr. Barton Van Slyck’s reminiscence could also be made to Deliberate Parenthood of North York (161 Stone Road, Watertown, NY 13601) or First Presbyterian Church (403 Washington Road, Watertown, NY 13601).
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