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Don G. Bartell
July 23, 1947 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
Don George Bartell was born July 23, 1947 in Neptune, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Gayle (Eisler) Bartell, children, Daniel (Will) and Deborah (Jan), granddaughters, Annina and Lea, and his sister, Vicki Dugan, sister-in-law, Nancy Thompson, brother-in-law, Bill Eisler (Mary), and their children.
His first home was an apartment over his grandparent’s garage. The family soon moved to a house in Sea Girt, where Don lived through college. In high school, Don was a member of the National Honor Society and played soccer, baseball, and basketball. During summer breaks he worked as a caddy, parking lot attendant, lifeguard, and frozen foods truck packer.
He graduated in 1969 with a BS in Chemistry from Ursinus College, in Pennsylvania. His first employment was as a Research Chemist for Hercules Chemical Company in Wilmington, Delaware. He had a life-long love of science. In 1971, he took a technical sales position in Chicago, where he had the good fortune to meet his future wife, Gayle Eisler. Over his Hercules career, Don was granted 3 US patents, published several technical papers regarding paper coatings, and served as an officer in the national paper technical organization, TAPPI. Later, Don led businesses in magnetic recording where he was elected to the Board of the industry’s trade association. He led Hercules Investments in semiconductor equipment and materials businesses, and testified before the Congressional Committee on Foreign Investment in the US.
In 1993, Don joined Motorola, to help form partnerships in developing countries to offer cellular telephone services. Later, Don was a founding member of Motorola’s corporate innovation team. His last corporate position was as Motorola’s first Chief Sustainability Director, helping the corporate operations, company products, and Motorola’s customers work in a more environmentally sustainable fashion.
Over his career, Don served on the Boards of 6 companies in the US, Lithuania, and Jordan. He led several acquisitions and divestitures. In retirement, Don provided his broad business experience to two Chicago-based non-profits, Delta Institute and the Rebuilding Exchange.
Don was an accomplished woodworker, gardener, and photographer. He and Gayle greatly enjoyed time with their family, their home, travel, the arts, sports, fine dining and wine.
A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, on March 9th at 10:30 a.m., followed by refreshments downstairs in Pilgrim Hall, where the family will be greeting relatives and friends.