Friday, March 18, 2011

Barton Wright Dies at 90 years old

Barton Allen Wright
December 21, 1920 - March 2, 2011
Barton Allen Wright, passed away March 2, 2011, age 90, in Phoenix. Born in Bisbee, AZ, December 21, 1920 to Roy and Anna Wright. The family moved to Mohave County, where he graduated from Kingman High School. A veteran of World War II, he served in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war he married Margaret Nickelson. Graduated from the UA and began his career as an artist for the Arizona State Museum. Worked as an archaeologist at Town Creek Indian Mound State Park in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, and later at an excavation near Tumacacori, AZ, for the Amerind Foundation. His master's thesis work was at Catclaw Cave on the Colorado River. Moved to Flagstaff spending 22 years at the Museum of Northern Arizona as artist, museum curator, and co-administrator. From 1977 to 1983 was scientific director at the San Diego Museum of Man. Upon retirement he moved back to his beloved Arizona to continue research and writing. Barton acquired a vast knowledge of northwestern Arizona, and held a river pilot's license for the Colorado River; he was a longtime student of Hopi Indian history and Kachinas. A talented painter, scratch board illustrator and graphic artist, he illustrated many of his own publications. He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 62 years, two children, Matthew and Frances Elena, two grandchildren, Christian and Malinda (Derrick) Willis, and two great grandchildren, Zachary and Charlie, his sister Calista Leonard of Tucson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 35th Ave. and Sweetwater, Phoenix, Sunday, March 27th at 2:30 pm.

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