Thomas Robert Bartman

November 8, 1953May 13, 2013

Thomas Robert Bartman WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thomas Robert Bartman, 59, died May 13, 2013, due to complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He is survived by his wife, Caroline Dixon Bartman (Nenie), and daughters, Caroline Ruth Wyche Bartman and Jane Watkins Dixon Bartman of Washington, DC. He is also survived by his mother, Pauline Ruth Eidt Bartman; sister, Elizabeth Bartman Smith; brother-in-law, John D. Smith; and niece and nephews of McLean, VA; and brother-in-law, Joe Dixon Jr. of Columbia, SC. He was predeceased by his father, Robert Bartman. Tom was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and spent most of his childhood years in Frankfurt and Munich, developing a lifelong interest in German language and culture. He graduated with honors from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, received a Master's of Philosophy from Yale University in German Literature and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable D. Dortch Warriner in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Tom practiced law in the fields of environmental and Native American law with various D.C. law firms, the Department of Justice, and most recently the Solicitor's Office of the Department of the Interior. An active member of The National Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, and Stephen Minister, he was especially proud of his participation in The National Presbyterian Church choir, which complemented his love of classical music. He also loved to travel, enjoying trips to Europe, China and India as well as a memorable rafting trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with a group from South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The National Presbyterian Church (4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016) or The ALS Association (1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005).


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2013

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Edris Nawin

February 24, 2018

Hello. Tom Bartman was a friend of mine and I was saddened to hear that he left us. As my condolences go to his family, I am obligated to state that the obituary on his legacy site is not written by me. I can assume it was written by someone who knew me and knew about my friendship with Tom. I am asking the admin of this site to kindly remove the obituary that someone else has written using my name. Thank you. Edris Nawin / Washington D.C.

Pat Burke

June 2, 2013

Dear Nenie, Caroline, and Jane,
There is little to add to what has already been said but I've known Tom from church for almost 15 years and he was the most thoughtful, devoted, kind and totally effective man I've dealt with. No job was too large or too small for him and he did them all with joy and total dedication--both to God and to his family as well. His time with you and with us was much too short. May our prayers support you all and may God's arms encircle you, just as Tom's did, to give you comfort. He will not be forgotten and he has left you all a legacy of love.

May 27, 2013

Grief can be unbearable, but our special memories help us cope. Praying for strength for you and your family. (Ps. 46:1)

C Johnson

May 26, 2013

I give my condolences to the Bartamn family. May the God of all comfort be with you during your times of sadness.


May 23, 2013

I can only imagine the loss you are feeling at this time. Although I never knew Tom, it is obvious he was a wonderful person to have so many people that love and care for him. He is now precious in God's eyes as Psalm 116:15 says. I pray it brings you comfort to know that he is now in God's memory and will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

May 23, 2013

May the God of refuge and strength be your source of comfort at this time.

Craig Messner

May 20, 2013

Dear Bartman Family:
I am so sorry to learn of Tom's passing, and regret that I missed the memorial service. He always had a smile and a kind word for me, especially during my painful divorce. I am glad his suffering has ended, and I look forward to joining him in singing praises to God in the heavenly choir one day.

Rene Bowditch

May 20, 2013

Dear Nenie,
Tom leaving this earth so young is a shock, but I'm so glad he had you and the girls to make his life so rich! I remember well your wedding and recently came across a photo of all the Judge's clerks together with you. I wish I could have been at the service but John R. says it was perfect! I am talking to the two Johns about meeting in Gloucester for our own reunion in the not too distant future, and would love to have you attend as well. We could spend the whole time telling stories and celebrating your Tom. With affection and many hugs, Rene

Sonny Rimback

May 18, 2013

Dear Bartman Family,
Always ready with a friendly smile and greeting, a wonderful, faithful Deacon, I will miss his presence at NPC.

Laurie McDonald Fite

May 18, 2013

Nenie, Please know that you are in my prayers during this time. Cherish all the wonderful memories and know that Tom is now healthy and at peace.