Born in Sewickley, Penn., on July 17, 1896. Ensign on the minesweeper USS Whippoorwill during World War I. A.B. degree, Lafayette College, 1926. M.A. degree in history, Lafayette College in 1938. First National President of Alpha Phi Omega. Provided the leadership to extend the Fraternity to 18 campuses. Established the first national structure for the Fraternity. Studied law in law office; also student at Boston University Law School; L.L.B. degree, LaSalle Extension University, 1937. Taught history, government and English at Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges in Allentown, Pennsylvania for three years. Industrial accountant, Ingersoll-Rand Company. American Legion, VFW, Mason. Author of college text, Poetry Writing and Appreciation. Numerous Scouting and APO honors and awards. Passed away August 28, 1966.
Southerner by birth, lawyer by training, youth movement executive by desire, banker by avocation, cattleman by hobby, politician by conviction, public speaker by demand, and humanitarian by choice – all might be included in a summary of the life of H. Roe Bartle of Kansas City, Missouri. There was a magic to Bartle. He filled the room with more than his legendary girth. He swept up throngs in the power of his voice, the majesty of his language, the sparkle of his humor, the buoyancy of his spirit, and the audacity of his courage. Mr., Dr., Mayor, Honorable – all are titles used to identify H. Roe Bartle, but to the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, he will always be “The Chief”. Passed away May 9, 1974.