Bert Winterbottom, 65, plan consultant

December 22, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Bert A. Winterbottom, a development and planning consultant who worked to help revitalize cities and promote tourism, died Saturday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 65.

Since 1985, Mr. Winterbottom, of Bolton Hill, had worked for LDR International Inc. in Columbia, where he has directed worldwide tourism development strategies and plans, urban design projects, and strategic planning for an array of public and private clients.

"He was very charismatic and people-oriented," said John Hall, a colleague at LDR International. "He brought a real zest that was infectious for the staff and clients. He was always a very upbeat person."

Mr. Winterbottom led and participated in consultants' projects at more than 100 sites in 15 countries -- including Bermuda and Britain.

In addition, he was a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on cities and wrote more than 20 professional articles, including one published last year in Public Management ICMA titled "Maybe Your Downtown Needs A Report Card."

He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the International Downtown Association, the International City Management Association, Eco Tourism Society, the American Planning Association, and the Travel and Tourism Research Association.

A native of Glendale, Calif., Mr. Winterbottom received a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1958, and a master's degee in public administration from the University of North Carolina in 1974.

He came to Maryland in the late 1970s to work as vice president for the Greater Baltimore Committee. He was vice president of the American City Corp. of the Rouse Co. in Columbia from 1979 to 1985, when he joined LDR International Inc.

Mr. Winterbottom was an avid outdoorsman. During his travels, he hiked and climbed -- including one trek up Mount Ranier in Washington state with renowned mountain climber Lou Whittaker.

"He was always adventurous and liked to take risks," said his wife, Constance Lieder, whom he married in 1975.

Mr. Winterbottom was a parishioner at Memorial Episcopal Church, Lafayette Avenue and Bolton Street in Bolton Hill, where a memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Winterbottom is survived by two sons, Brent Winterbottom of Columbia, S.C., and Robert Winterbottom of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two daughters, Kathryn Laurens and Julia Winterbottom, both of Greenville, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/22/98

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