A San Francisco native, Dr. Barthold joined the U.S. Navy's V-12 College Training program after high school, enrolling in the University of Southern California. As a freshman, he was a starting lineman who played both offense and defense in the 1945 Rose Bowl, according to his family. He ultimately graduated from UC Berkeley, then went to medical school at UC San Francisco.
Dr. Barthold joined the Menlo Medical Clinic in 1956, and was a "prime mover" in the construction of the clinic's new facility in 1970, his family said. He also was the principal organizer of Peninsula Medical Laboratory, served a term as chief of staff of what was then known as Palo Alto Stanford Hospital, and was a member for some time of the Stanford School of Medicine's clinical department, according to his family.
He married his high school sweetheart, Carol Allan, in 1947. The Bartholds had two children: Lynn, who died in 1968; and Gary, who died in 1992. Carol Barthold died in 1985.
In 1987, Dr. Barthold married Constance "Connie" Ringold. He came to refer to the marriage as "mergers and acquisitions," his family said. That's because with Connie came her seven children and their families, creating a situation that "suited Ed's personality," his family said.
Dr. Barthold was a long-standing member of the Palo Alto Club and the Menlo Circus Club. He and Connie, along with family and friends, caroled through their Atherton neighborhood on Christmas Eve, with Dr. Barthold dressed as Santa.
Connie Barthold died in February. Dr. Barthold is survived by his stepchildren, Gordon Ringold, Christine Ryland, Leslie Stepp, Jeffrey Ringold, James Stutsman, and Holly Sichel; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Barthold Fund at the Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, which Dr. Barthold helped to establish, and where he was a trustee and benefactor; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
The family plans a private celebration of life for Ed and Connie Barthold.