Former Webster VP of Finance Passes Away

| May 16, 2011

Bart O'Connor

The University extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Webster’s long-time vice president for finance and administration, Bart O’Connor, who passed away Sunday, May 15. Our thoughts are with his sister, Pat Simons, who works in the Finance Office.

Bart was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2010 and entered into hospice care in February 2011.

Visitation for Bart will be Tuesday, May 17, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois, Affton, Mo. 63123.

A funeral mass will held be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at St. George Cathlolic Church, 4980 Heege Road, Affton, Mo. 63123.

“We have lost a great colleague, friend and, in my case, best friend and mentor,” said Bob Fry, now retired, who worked with Bart for many years.


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  1. Robert J Fry says:

    The Webster, today is a vibrant, thriving international university. It has not always been so.
    When Bart O’Connor was lured away from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in 1969, Webster was barely afloat. Bart told me that he would have to await a call from Dr. Leigh Gerdine and General Sverdrup,  who were at the bank, negotiating for a loan before paychecks could be distributed. When Bart hired me in 1970, he warned me, in the interview process, that Webster (then) College may not survive for the next two weeks. Obviously, it did. He had a lot to do with directing Webster down the path to fiscal solvency and survival.
    Bart was the fiscal strategic thinker and organizer who engineered the change in operations from Burroughs bookkeeping machines and hand printed ledgers to a multi-state multi-national fully automated accounting system. He always provided the information needed and maintained the resources required for the administration and board to manage the University as it became the complex organization of today.
    More importantly, he was the most kind, gracious, self effacing, thoughtful and supportive colleague that one could ever hope to work with. He had a marvelous sense of humor, and could diffuse a heated difference of opinion between colleagues with a well timed and appropriate quip.
    Those of you who worked with and for Bart know what a delight he was to be around. For those of you who did not know and work with Bart….just be aware that we have lost a treasure.
    Bob Fry

  2. Marilyn Heaven says:

    I worked with Bart from 1972 till he left Webster.
    Bart was very professional and yet kind hearted.  He always found time to talk about my husband’s heart bypass and always wanted to know what was up with my children.
    Bart loved to tell you about his vacations also.
    Bart was one of those Webster Administrators who cared deeply about Webster and also for the employees/faculty and students.
    I will miss seeing him at the awards breakfast and hearing about his adventures through Bob Fry.
    God has Bart now.
    Marilyn Heaven