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Charles Harold "Hal" Hartmann Apr. 13, 1934 - Oct. 19, 2013 Resident of Moraga, CA Hal was born in Hollister, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1956 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He entered the USAF and flew the F 101 Voodoo fighter jet as a navigator. He was very proud of his military service. From about 1960 to 1986, he worked for Varian Associates in their chromatography lab. He became an expert in chromatography research and helped to develop several processes which were patented by Varian. In 1987, he left Varian to start his own company, Chromalab. The firm provided assays of ground contamination under gasoline stations and similar facilities utilizing Hal's knowledge of chromatography. It became quite successful and employed over 50 workers. He also served as an elder and taught Sunday school at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church (MVPC). Hal suffered a massive stroke in 1989 despite a disciplined exercise program that included running several miles a week. As his health continued to decline, he eventually moved to Rheem Convalescent Hospital in 1998. He lived there, enjoying Saturday morning breakfasts with Men's Bible Study and Sunday morning services, driven to church by his friends at MVPC weekly, until passing into the arms of the Lord, no longer held prisoner in his broken body. He is survived by his sister, Joan Ruggles, of Hollister, and many brothers and sisters in Christ at MVPC. A memorial service will be held at MVPC at 2:30 PM on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga, CA 94556, 925-376-4800, www.mvpctoday.org. Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the church.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 15, 2013
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