Clelmer Kay Bartell passed away on November 6 at the age of 83. Known to his University of New Orleans colleagues as “Clel,” Bartell spent more than three decades as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. He taught classes in biology and physiology, and his chief research interests were comparative physiology and endocrinology, using crustaceans as a model system. He contributed to research focused on identifying and quantifying harmful chemicals in the Mississippi River, which were accumulating in soil and aquatic organisms. According to Bartell’s obituary, he was treated by physicians who had previously been his undergraduate students at UNO. He retired from the University in 2004.
Originally from Indiantown, S.C., Bartell earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina’s Davidson College in 1957 and a doctorate in zoology from Duke University in 1964. A postdoctoral fellowship in biology at Tulane University brought him to New Orleans.
Bartell’s memorial service was held Nov. 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. He is survived by his longtime friend and companion of 45 years, Carl J. Hardy, and sister, Carrie Bartell of Colorado, as well as extended family in South Carolina. Donations in his honor can be made to the William “Bill” Chandler fund of Indiantown Church or any environmental advocacy organization.