NORMAN — Bart Osburn, 91, died at home in his sleep Wednesday, July 31, 2013. He was born Hobart Glenn Osburn on Aug. 6, 1921, to James Jonathan Osburn and Myrtle Green Walker in Washington County, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his beloved siblings, sisters Rema Carson and Thelma Price and his brother, Don Osburn.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Losche Osburn; his daughter, Susan Kruk and her ex-husband Gary Kruk and their children Rachael and Jonathan Kruk; Susan’s partner, Jerry Simeroth; daughter, Leslie Cornwell and her husband John Cornwell and their children Ben and his wife Lauren, and Kate and Cal Cornwell; and daughter, Jane Osburn and her husband Scott Wales. Bart’s two great-grandchildren are Campbell and Anna Cornwell, children of Ben and Lauren Cornwell. Bart also is survived by his dear younger sisters Bette Owens and Gayle Lewis, of Enid, and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Embracing and talking with his sisters, nieces and nephews and the large Osburn extended family at the 2012 annual Osburn reunion was a treasured and emotional time.
He is also survived by brother in-laws, Craig and Kent Losche and their wives Barbara and Cynthia and countless nieces and nephews.
Bart graduated from Enid High School in 1940, attended the University of Oklahoma and in 1942 joined the U.S. Air Force to fight in World War II. His plane was shot down over the Bay of Corinth, and he was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany, until it was liberated by the Russians in May 1945. After the war, Bart attended the University of Michigan on the GI Bill and earned a Ph.D. in industrial psychology. He met Barbara Evans Losche at the university and they married Aug. 23, 1947.
Bart was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Carbondale before becoming a full professor at the University of Houston in Houston. Bart had a long, fulfilling and happy career at the UH. He loved teaching, his role as a mentor, researcher and as a consultant for many major corporations.