Remembering Mr. Everything: Ned Barthelmas ’50

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He was once described as Mr. Everything: someone who owned companies and was involved in so many different opportunities … a very interesting man. Brother Ned Barthelmas ’50 entered the Chapter Grand on May 16, 2015, and left $10,000 to our House Corp. in his will. We take this opportunity to celebrate the life of this brother and to extend our condolences to his family and friends. Brother Norb Reinert ’51 has one interesting memory of his brother:

“What I remember most about Ned was his enterprising spirit. He always could make a business out of events. One time he made a brief trip to NYC for whatever reason I don’t recall. When he returned, he had a trunk filled with men’s ties, which were ‘knock-offs’ of Brooks Brothers best selection. Of course, he promptly put the ties up for sale for one and all. I think I have a couple left in my closet. Knowing Ned, I wouldn’t be surprised that he ran into Ralph Lauren who was a tie salesman at Brooks, at about that time, and that together they worked out a fast deal. Ned was a great guy. I have many fond memories of being with him at our fraternity at OSU.”

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Here is an excerpt from Ned’s obituary:

“After graduating from OSU where he was Pres. of the Commerce College Council and a member of Phi Delta Theta, he worked several years with GE and Glidden Co. before entering the securities business in 1953 with the Ohio Co. Five years later he formed First Columbus Securities Corp. and was Pres. and majority owner until 1975. He was founder, owner and Pres. of First Columbus Realty Corp. which developed and owned com. and ind. real estate and shopping centers from 1960 to present. Served on some two dozen Boards of Directors and was voted by Business First as one of the Top 25 Corporate Directors in Central Ohio, and by Ohio Citizen Journal as one of the 10 Outstanding Businessmen in Columbus. Was Director, Underwriter, and/or Financial Adviser to such firms as Worthington Ind., Bank One, Buckeye Steel, Lancaster Colony, Liebert Corp., White Castle, Medex, National Foods, Eastern Bankcorp, Nationwide, Majestic Paints, Galbreath Real Estate Trust, Marzetti's and Armac Enterprises (back then the largest maker of pool tables) with Minnesota Fats as a co-board member. Was a past full member of the New York Stock Exchange (serving on their Ethics Committee), the American Stock Exchange, and served as past Board Member and Pres. of the Ohio Stock & Bond Broker's Assoc., Dist. Bd of the Nat'l Assoc. of Security Dealers (v-chair), the Investment Bankers Assoc., and, The Nat'l Stock Brokers Assoc. (Past Pres.). Past Pres. of the Columbus Young Pres. Org., Past Pres. and Director of Columbus Jr. CC, YMBC, and Past Trustee of Columbus Area CC. Voted into Exec. Hall of Fame by the World Pres. Org., Past Trustee of the Exec. Club of Columbus and Columbus Area Growth Foundation. Listed in seven different editions of Who's Who including, Who's Who in Corporate Real Estate, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in World, Who's Who in the 21st Century, and Winston Churchill's Wisdom Hall of Fame. Past member of the Bd of Dir of a number of charities including Boy Scouts, Columbus JC Youth Foundation, Kiwanis Club (Legion of Honor), Community Redevelopment Council (Past Pres. & Dir.) co-founder of United Way Pacesetters' Club, and, others. Past Vice-Chair. and member Board of Trustees of First Community Church, First Community Retirement Village and founder of the Barthelmas Charitable Fund of the Columbus Foundation, which recently reached its goal of $1 million which will be distributed over the ensuing years to needy charitable causes.”

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