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Bart will be missed by friends worldwide

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Many architects will be saddened to know that 'Bart' - A E Bartholomew - died recently, aged 92, after a short illness.

It is difficult to believe that he joined the RIBA staff as long ago as 1925 when the Society of Architecture joined forces with the RIBA in Conduit Street. London. He retired in 1972, having spent his whole working life, except for war service at the War Office, in the RIBA's education department. It was a standing joke that his A E initials stood for architectural education.

Bart was the face of architecture and the RIBA to generations of students and a fund of stories about (later) famous architects.

He was urbane and respected, yet unpretentious and with a relaxed sense of humour.

Responsible to RIBA education directors such as Jimmy Haynes and then Elizabeth Layton, he saw his role as keeping the routine going while members and directors produced policy.

Apropos of which, how surprising that someone as influential as Elizabeth Layton should die, as she did last year - and as I heard only last week - without any appreciation in the architectural or wider world.

David Rock, Camp 5, Harleston, Norfolk

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