Bart Meyers
(1936 - 2013)

Bart Meyers

September 4, 1936

January 27, 2013


Bart Meyers was a remarkable man whose enthusiasm for life found expression in too many ways to count.

He was a compassionate teacher, dedicated to sharing the gift of knowledge with his students, and a passionate scholar. He was a tireless fighter against oppression and injustice and an enthusiastic athlete who took up ping-pong when, at 72, he could no longer keep up on the basketball court. He loved chamber music concerts in New York City and canoeing in the backwoods of Canada. Through it all, he was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.

Barton Paul Meyers was born on September 4, 1936 in Washington DC to Ida and Milton "Buddy" Meyers. He graduated from George Washington University in 1958, earned a Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the University of Michigan in 1963, and published numerous articles documenting his scientific research.

Also in 1963 Bart joined the faculty at Brooklyn College, where he taught for the next 39 years. Bart was a leader in the campus antiwar movement, organizing numerous protests against the war in Vietnam and inspiring a generation of students. He remained active in politics throughout his life, working on issues ranging from Central America to labor rights.

In 1996 he built a house in Lake Hill, New York, where he lived for the rest of his life with his wife, Alice Radosh. Bart's attempt at retirement in 2002 lasted less then a year and he was soon teaching again at Bard College and the Bard Prison Initiative. He dedicated much of the rest of his time to the community of Woodstock, which he served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.

In addition to Alice, his wife of 40 years, Bart is mourned by his brother Larry Meyers and by his children and stepchildren: Gregory Meyers; Laura Radosh and her wife Silke Hinder; Daniel Radosh and his wife Gina Duclayan. He was the beloved grandfather of Milo, Margalit, Seraphina, Malka, and Noemi.

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Today I am writing about my activism at Brooklyn College on my Facebook page. I gave credit to Bart Meyers and wanted to find his obit to include. He was a wonderful mentor to us during the student unrest of the 60’s-70’s.
I was dating Bob Krackow at the time. He was in Bart Meyers psychology of activism class.
We took over the Presidents office, we marched, we went to the funeral for the student killed at Kent State. Through it all we were mentored by Bart Meyers.
Thank you Bart Meyers the flame you ignited still burns in us. We have been married 43 years. I just retired as a public school teacher after 44 years.
We are still marching!
Fran Krackow (Student)
September 4th, 2018
I just found out about Prof. Myers' passing and I am truly sorry. He was my Psychology Professor at Brooklyn College and was one of my favorite professors. He always had time to help his students. Even though I graduated in 1992 and 1994 respectively, from Brooklyn College, I still have fond memories of my years there.

He will be truly missed. My most sincere condolences to his family.
Isabel Truyol (Student at Brooklyn Colle)
March 29th, 2016
My condolences to Alice Radosh and family.

I met Mr. Meyers a few times when he came to visit Alice at AED, where we worked. He was always pleasant and professional.

Alice you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers,
Denise Gaffor (Worked with Alice Radosh)
December 30th, 2015
Was privileged to have Bart as a teacher. He made it real, had a spark he could transfer to others. I was part of the group that made a chain around the Paddy Wagon..think it was the next day, he spoke to the crowd..can still picture him..corduroy jacket and wire rims..a fine person. Glad I had emailed him my thoughts before he passed.
Robert Bernstein (as a student and human)
August 16th, 2015
I offer my deepest sympathy to Bart's family. Ironically, I learned of his death from my oldest sister who is on a CUNY listserv. She remembered his name because she knew how important he was to me. Bart Meyers was a wonderful mentor and professor.

Since my undergraduate years at Brooklyn College, I've had many mentors and professors in the USA and France. Bart is still my #1 professor! It was always a joy to run into him at the Food Coop in Brooklyn. And he remembered me though we had lost touch for over 15 years! I was 43 when I last saw Bart, but seeing him again made me feel like the freshman I had been: hopeful and assured that the world is safe because there are folks like Bart Meyers.

Bart’s principles and research inspired me to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology. He encouraged me to apply to schools nationwide, way out of my comfort zone. I felt some trepidation about going to graduate school in Boston, notorious for its anti-busing in the 70's. But Bart connected me with a sociology professor at my new school, Northeastern University. He was Bart's old friend from their graduate school days. I was no longer afraid when I showed up for class at Northeastern University. Ever since then, I have taken Bart with me in spirit wherever I go!

From my first semester at Brooklyn College in 1985, Bart was a guiding light to me. I was a newly arrived immigrant from Barbados, 17 years old and culture-shocked. In sophomore year, a white student used the word nigger in Social Psychology class. I nearly died of the hurt I felt. Bart was the one who spoke out because I was frozen in horror. In his characteristically thoughtful way, Bart let that guy know that hateful words are hurtful even though the student said that he was just giving an example. Later in his office, Bart helped me to process my inability to speak out. The guy was a white student-government leader, influential on campus but reactionary and clearly clueless about the Other.

Before that incident, I had thought I was all grownup but that evening I crawled into my oldest sister's bed and cried. Where would I be if Bart hadn't kept me safe at Brooklyn College?
Rhonda Payne (Student)
December 18th, 2014
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"he was the best grampa a girl could have"
margalit duclayan
February 2nd, 2014
"Prefessor Meyers will be forever in my heart. His wisdom, his kindness, his thoughtfulness and his dedication to justice have impacted my life in numerous ways."
Xi Zhuo
February 17th, 2013
"We knew Bart for many years.What sticks with us is Bart as an inspiration for the post-middle age stage that so many of us live in. Bart's passionate engagement in new worlds, from politics,family,and EMS to prison education lights the way for all."
Nick & Wendy Freudenberg & Chavkin
February 10th, 2013
"I feel all the constellations have shifted, changed shape since Bart has died. My arms around you Alice. Mary Frank"
Mary Frank
February 8th, 2013
"I met Bart in 1969 at BC, when I was his student. Was it the subject matter or Bart that grabbed me? Either way, I was hooked. We shared political views and personal struggles. He was my best friend in college-a loving, dear person. A true "mensch."
Rachel Bratt
February 7th, 2013
"Bart was a loving uncle that I grew up with at vacations to Indian Lake and during visits in California and New York. As a child I remember his kindness and big smile."
Rose Schweig
February 4th, 2013
"Bart was a generous friend and benefactor to my daughter Lily. He nurtured his soul with music and nature. He will be greatly missed. Lisa and Amir"
Lisa Arbisser
February 3rd, 2013
"Table tennis brought us together. Bart, you were one of the most intelligent, intense and ambitious individuals I've known. Your own harshest critic, with a taciturn sense of humor. My only regret is not having met you sooner. I miss you man."
Robert Euvino
February 2nd, 2013
"Bart touched our lives in so many ways , his generous nature always evident in whatever he did and wherever he was. We'll remember him by telling stories and sharing photographs and being with his family and friends . We will keep his memory alive ."
Joan & Stuart Mack & Rothkopf
February 2nd, 2013
"Thank you Bart, for all you gave to our beloved community. You are a true inspiration, you will be greatly missed."
Nancy & Olaf Meyer
February 2nd, 2013


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