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Albert S. Hartheimer

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Hartheimer, Albert S. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. Albert S. Hartheimer, 87, of Greylock Estates Road in Lanesborough, died on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. December 11, 1925, son of Felix and Julia (Levy) Hartheimer. He graduated from Dickinson High School in 1943, and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy from 1943-1944. He then entered the US Navy until 1946. He returned to RPI and in 1949 graduated from the School of Architecture. He established and directed an architectural practice in Albany from 1953 to 1976. In 1976, he and his former wife, Marion Harcourt, established a domestic and international tour company. In 1968, he had taken an economics course based on Progress and Poverty, a book by Henry George, which heavily influenced him. The following year he ran as a progressive candidate for mayor of Albany, opposing an entrenched Democratic machine. For the remainder of his life, he worked tirelessly on behalf of tax policies which would promote social justice and help to eliminate poverty. He served as a board member on several foundations, including the Center for the Study of Economics and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. During his retirement in Lanesborough from 1997 to 2013, he created and published a free weekly newsletter to inform citizens on town issues. Al's life was marked by joie de vivre, optimism, and generosity. To quote him: "The highlight of my life is waking up each morning and enjoying every day. Every day is special. I have so many things that are special; I can't count them all" He enjoyed genealogy (for his family and many others!), learning and speaking foreign languages, traveling, cycling, hiking and skiing. He skied and cycled until age 84. Family was always of paramount importance. He was the de facto patriarch of his large extended family, working to keep connections alive, including organizing family reunions. Survivors include his wife, the former Doris DeCenso Vincent, whom he married in 1995; daughter, Anne Hartheimer of Corvallis Oregon; son, Robert Hartheimer (Nancy Golding), of Washington D.C.; daughters, Julia Hartman (Shelley Hartman) and Laura Allen of New York City; and his stepchildren, Joshua Vincent (Christine Simiriglia) of Philadelphia, Pa., and Maria Vincent, of Troy. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Adam, Jesse, and Benjamin Hartheimer, Jedidiah Clinger, Amanda and Max Hartman, and Daniel Allen, as well as his sister, Ernestine Goodman of Columbia, Md., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Louis Hartheimer. A memorial service for Al will be held in early spring. Al served 12 years as vice-president of the Henry George/Center for the Study of Economics in Philadelphia. Deductible gifts in his name may be made by contributing on the Center's web page urbantoolsconsult.org or to 7488 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. The Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 12, 2013
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