Thomas A. Hart, Sr.
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1919 - 2013 WASHINGTON, DC Thomas A. Hart, Sr., 93, former professor and athletic coach at Howard University and former executive with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation died in Washington, DC on January 5.
Dr. Hart had lived in the District of Columbia since 1948. He was born in Williamstown, in 1919 and was a son of Henry and Kate (Alexander) Hart. He graduated from the former Williamstown High School where he was a star athlete in five sports. He attended Hampton University (where he met his wife, the late Adalyne Monroe Hart) and later earned his undergraduate degree from New York University. He earned a master's degree from the University of Illinois and was awarded the Ed.D degree from NYU.
Dr. Hart served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. From 1946-48 he served as Athletic Director, head basketball and track coach and Professor of Health and Physical Education at Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. He was Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Howard University from 1948 to 1964 where he also served as varsity Head coach for basketball, track and field, golf, swimming and wrestling.
On leave from Howard University, he and his family lived in Ghana, West Africa from 1958-61 where he served as National Track and Field Coach and Head Olympic coach for the Ghanaian men and women's track teams for the 1960 Olympics held in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Hart was very active in the Washington community and he served on numerous Boards of Directors. In 1947 Dr. Hart founded Camp Hart in Williamstown. The camp (1947-1963) provided youth the opportunity to gain leadership skills and an appreciation of the great outdoors. In later years the operation focused on golf instruction for youth and stressed physical fitness. From 1964-1989 Dr. Hart worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in many important capacities including as Director of the Job Corps Center at Camp Atterbury in Indiana, Executive Administrator for the President of Westinghouse Electric Corporation Defense Center and as Director of Community Services and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Public Affairs in Washington, DC.
Dr. Hart was a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the NAACP and the National Urban League. He was a long time member of the first United Methodist Church of Williamstown, and later attended Northminster Presbyterian and Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. where his funeral will be held on January 19.
Survivors include his wife, the former Gloria Davidson and a brother James Y. Hart of Williamstown (Mary Hart). Other survivors include two daughters Prof. Brenda Hart and Elaine Monroe Hart Brothers, Md. (George B. Brothers, Jr., MD) and a son Thomas A. Hart, Jr. Esq. (Norma Alexander Hart), step-son Michael Davidson, eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery in April, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas A. Hart, Sr. Scholarship Fund & Industrial Bank, 4812 Georgia Ave, Washington, DC 20011.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 16, 2013