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Barton Kelby Cross
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1924
Death: Feb. 25, 2009


The Prescott Daily Courier

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obituary: Barton Kelby Cross

Barton Kelby Cross, 85, born Feb. 17, 1924, in New York City has died in Prescott, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, son Barton and daughter Laurie of Colorado, and daughters Tina Corbett and Lynn Harris, as well as four fine grandchildren, Amanda Davis Madrid, Cpl. Peter Cross, Katrina Davis and Kelby Cross, and his loyal four-legged pal, Sarah.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Third Army from D-Day to the Elbe River. Bart was a pioneer in the application of computers to the mining industry.

A celebration of his life will be later this year. Donations in his name may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for the family. Please visit to sign Barton's guest book.

Information provided by survivors."

"Barton Kelby Cross

Born February 17, 1924, in New York City to Eleanor and Milton Cross died in Prescott, Arizona. He was educated at Brooklyn Polytechnical School, UCLA and The University of Arizona, where he later taught in the Systems Engineering Department. He belonged to Acacia Fraternity at UCLA and was elected to Sigma Xi, Mathematics honorary.

Bart was pre-deceased by his parents, his stepfather, Arthur McCarty and first wife, Adeline Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Corbett Cross; his son, Barton K. Cross II (LaDean) of Colorado; daughter, Laurie Aline Cross also of Colorado. He proudly claimed his step-children as his own: Lynn Meyer Harris of Tucson, AZ and Christina Meyer Corbett of Prescott; also his grandchildren, Amanda D. Madrid (Roy) of Arkansas, Cpl. Peter A. Cross, USMC, Camp Pendleton, CA; Katrina C. Davis of Denver; Kelby N. Cross of Hollywood, CA. He leaves his faithful four-legged pal, Sarah.

Bart served in the U.S. Army in the ETO, landing in France the night of D-Day. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge but returned to the lines to fight to the Elbe River.

Following WWII, he completed his studies at UCLA and went to Butte, Montana, then to Anaconda's uranium mine in Jackpile, New Mexico. Realizing the importance of computing power to industry, he moved to Tucson to study at the U of A. After receiving his Masters at the University and teaching, he founded CompuTech Research, Ltd. to provide computerized data to mining companies such as Cananea Copper Company, Anaconda's Twin Buttes operation, Newmont and Banner Mining. Bart was a consultant for Control Data Corporation to several firms in England, Spain, Mexico, Greece, France, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. These jobs meant world travel for Bart and Ruth for five wonderful years.

He was the first president of Pathfinders, a volunteer organization at Arizona Historical Society and served on the board of Handi-Dogs with its founder, Bitsy Reeves. He authored several scientific papers and wrote a chapter in AIMME's text on computers in mining. The Crosses belonged to the Mining Club of the Southwest.

Upon returning to Tucson after five years overseas, Bart worked at Hughes Aircraft Company on the AMRAM project. He was most proud of the family home he built on the X9 Ranch.

He enjoyed SCUBA diving, horseback riding, reading, travel, hiking, swimming, theater, classical music and the computer internet. It was a difficult thing for him when mistakes by surgeons took away his eyesight. A Celebration of his life will be held later this year.
Bart promised that life with him would never be boring, and, in almost 40 years of marriage, it never was. Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for the family. 
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Veteran of World War II
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