We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of John “Sandy” Bartlett, 68, who played a vital role over the past 30 years in educating and serving the community. A recognized HIV advocate, Bartlett pioneered several of ASA’s programs and created many of the first printed materials used in Austin’s fight against HIV.
During his 25 years with ASA, Sandy recruited, trained, and supported thousands of volunteers, working closely with the Helping Hands Food Bank to improve the lives of countless clients. From former ASA Executive Director Lee Manford: “In a time when little was known about AIDS, Sandy developed a near encyclopedic knowledge of the disease: the science, the medicine, the social and economic ramifications, and the political and cultural implications. Knowledge that he willingly and capably shared with clients, staff, volunteers, and the community. He was recognized as an expert locally, at the state level and nationally.”
Sandy was also a prolific author, and you can read the archive of Sandy’s column About AIDS on the Austin Chronicle’s website.
In addition to working directly to improve lives through ASA, Sandy also participated in a number of regional, national, and international organizations. In 2012, ASA honored Sandy with an official resolution, recognizing his tremendous contribution to our mission. You can read more personal reflections about Sandy on our memorial page: asaustin.org/sandy.
On Sunday, October 26th, we respectfully request your attendance at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, beginning at two o’clock until four o’clock for “Sandy’s Cookie Monster Memorial Social.” A short program of selected Speakers and Music will precede the Cookie Social. You are invited to bring home-made cookies to share with the gathered friends. We are not having a funeral for Sandy. We are celebrating his amazing and generous life! Please RSVP to Amos at 512-350-0195.
Sandy gave so much to the community and was a warrior in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We have lost a light that shone intensely and enlightened us all. We have added a star in the heavens that will forever burn brightly to watch over us.