Despite suffering a hockey accident at age 22 that left him a quadriplegic, Elmer C. Bartels ’62 led a robust, meaningful life that included a 46-year marriage, a family, a career as a computer programmer and analyst, and volunteer work with organizations including the Massachusetts Association of Paraplegics, which he helped found, and the Easter Seals. In 1977 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him┬ácommissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and he continued in that role and as┬ástate director of rehabilitation for a combined 30 years. Bartels passed away July 5, 2014.

See also this tribute written by Bartels’ daughter, Joanne Stanway.