June 3, 1943 - January 12, 2021
Erwin “Roger” Bartman, a clinical psychologist in Reston, VA for 43 years, died January 12, 2021 at his beloved home outside Leesburg, Virginia, after a yearlong battle with leukemia. He was 77. Roger was born June 3, 1943 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated from St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Kentucky in 1961 and entered the Order of St. Francis Xavier. He began studies at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C, receiving double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics and Religious Education in 1967 and receiving his Masters of Arts in Mathematics-Education from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. As Brother Raphael, he taught advanced math courses at Xavierian High Schools in Baltimore and Silver Springs, Maryland. In addition to teaching, he held positions of assistant dean, board member, camp counselor and group facilitator. He was a member of the Xavierian Brothers for 16 years. As his interest in psychology grew, he entered the doctoral program at Catholic University of America, receiving his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1976. He interned and was hired by Fairfax County Northwest Center for Community Health, Reston from 1975 to 1986. He was the founding director of the Adolescent Day Treatment Program. In 1977, Roger was one of five founding partners of Reston Psychotherapy in Reston, Virginia, and practiced adolescent, adult, group and couples therapy. As a therapist, he was a dedicated and compassionate therapist, often doing pro bono or reduced fee therapy for those he felt truly needed help, plus consultation and therapy with local clergy and religious people. He retired in 2019. Roger met his life partner, Peter D. Kelpinski, in February 1987. They were together almost 34 years. They legally married in July 2004 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Roger was a warm, gentle, and quiet man. Often shy in social situations, he could usually be found off to the sidelines having a quiet conversation. A voracious reader, he enjoyed fantasy and sci-fi genre, which gave him a break from the myriad issues of life he would hear daily. A loyal friend, he would carry on robust correspondence with friends all over the country. He enjoyed good food and good friends. Most of all, he loved spending time at his idyllic home with his husband and their golden retrievers and labrador. In addition to his husband, Peter Kelpinski, Roger is survived by 3 siblings: Kathy (Tom) Furlong and James (Donna) Bartman, both of Louisville, KY, and Lally (Frank) House of Woodbury, KY; an aunt and uncle, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous dear friends. Roger's family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 9:30 AM until his 11:00 AM Memorial Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. Pastor Joe Atchinson will preside. Please click the following link to view the ceremony live: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/579073246. Rite of Committal will take place at St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com. This obituary has been submitted by the family.
Erwin “Roger” Bartman, a clinical psychologist in Reston, VA for 43 years, died January 12, 2021 at his beloved home outside Leesburg, Virginia, after a yearlong battle with leukemia. He was 77. Roger was born June 3, 1943 in Lawton,... View Obituary & Service Information
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