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Thomas Franklin Hartley M.D.


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Thomas Franklin Hartley M.D. Obituary
Hartley, Thomas Franklin M.D
of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on August 10, 2016, at the age of 91. Tom was born in 1925 to Jimmie Clay Franklin Hartley and Thomas Jay Hartley of Little Rock, Arkansas. He is survived by two sons: Tom Jr., and wife, Sally, of Scottsdale, AZ, and John Hartley, and wife, Cindy, of Prescott, AZ; three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. "Popa" was adored and will be greatly missed by all in his family. He was predeceased by his wife, Martha, his parents, and one sister. Tom spent his happy youth in Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1943 and was a member of Delta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Chapter. From 1943-1945, during WWII, he served in the U.S. Naval Air Corp. After the war, he graduated from Little Rock Junior College in 1947 and then received his B.S.M. at Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State) in 1948. Dr. Hartley met and married, Martha, while at the University of Arkansas Medical School where he received his M.D. in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp as a Battalion Surgeon and completed his medical internship at Madigan Army Hospital, Tacoma, WA, and at Fort Hood, Killeen, TX, in the years that followed. The family moved to the west Texas town of Snyder, in 1953, where Dr. Hartley joined friends and fellow physicians, Drs. Carl Dillaha, John O'Bannon, and Wilton Jones, in General Practice. He also served as Chief of Staff of Cogdell Memorial Hospital from 1960-1963. This was followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Dr. Hartley went on to complete a residency in Allergy & Immunology at the University of Colorado Medical School from 1965-1966. After returning to Temple, Texas, in 1966, he was on staff of the Allergy Department at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and also served as a consultant in Allergy & Immunology for the Veteran's Administration Center and the Santa Fe Hospital. He received his certification as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1967 and certification by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology in March 1968. Dr. Hartley joined friend, doctor, and colleague, R.C. (Rosie) Romero, M.D., in Arizona, July 1968, to form Allergy & Immunology Associates, Ltd. of Scottsdale and Phoenix, where he practiced for the remainder of his career. He was certified by the American Board of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology for 42 continuous years and was part of the active medical staff and teaching staff at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ, and Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ. In addition to his successful practice, he served for several years as an allergy consultant to the Phoenix Zoo elephant population. His most famous pacaderm patient was Ruby, the renowned Asian elephant, whose colorful paintings were sold all over the U.S. Tom also was as a Federal Aeronautics Administration Examiner, an associate clinical professor at LSU Medical School, served on the Board of the Maricopa County Medical Society, and was President of the Arizona Society of Allergy. Tom was named a Fellow of The American College of Physicians in 1971 and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology in both 1971 and 1983. He served on the Board of Directors for The Foundation for Medical Care and was a Scientific Assembly Committee Member for the Arizona State Medical Association. Other associations and memberships included: The American and Arizona Medical Associations, American Academy of Allergy & Immunology, American College of Physicians, and the American College of Allergy & Immunology. Dr. Hartley was involved in over 34 clinical research projects during his medical career and was published 9 times as a result of his expertise in his field. He lectured on Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and related diseases, across Arizona during the years he practiced and was often called as an expert witness in medically-related trials. It was obvious to all who knew him that Tom dearly loved the practice of medicine and greatly missed the profession, his patients, and his colleagues after retirement. He was very proud that Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates continues as a successful medical practice led by clinicians he mentored. Tom, and Martha, whom he affectionately called "Sam", enjoyed 60 years of marriage before her passing. They had fun times with family, and a myriad of good friends, pursuing many adventures and hobbies which included being licensed pilots, ranch and race horse ownership, a love of water and snow skiing, world travel, and the sailing of their beloved boat, "The Sam", in San Diego. They shared good and active lives. At his request, no services will be held. Donations in Dr. Hartley's memory can be made to the Desert Southwest, 1028 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006, and , 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 21, 2016
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