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1932 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully, on July 30, 2013, at UPMC Seneca Manor in Verona. Hartley was born in Tarentum, PA on January 1, 1932. He was the son of the late Hazel (Pierce) and Samuel Hartley Johnston. Hartley was a 1949 graduate of Springdale HS. After graduation, he joined the Navy and saw combat during the Korean War. After being discharged, he attended Indiana State Teachers College, earning his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education, and finally a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Penn State. A leader in the community college movement, Hartley was the founding president of Westmoreland County Community College. He also served in senior positions at Butler and Beaver county community colleges, and at Anson Technical College in North Carolina. He retired from the Community College of Allegheny County in 1992, where he served as Dean of Instruction. A lifelong musician, Hartley played string bass semi-professionally, and a variety of brass instruments, as well as the guitar and banjo. He was one of the first members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and played in numerous amateur ensembles including the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Savoyards, and Tuesday Musical Club. In 1983, he was the founding president of the Allegheny Brass Band, leading the board, and playing in the band for more than 25 years. An avid amateur historian, Hartley served as president of the Allegheny Valley Historical Society, using his expertise to help preserve the rich history of the Valley. Hartley was preceded in death by his first wife, and mother of his children, Patricia (Carr) Johnston; and by his second wife, and high school sweetheart, Beatty Ann (Boswell), Premick-Johnston. He is survived by his two sons, Eric Johnston of Nara, Japan, Keith Johnston of Bridgeport, Connecticut; three stepchildren, Jim, Robert, and Pat Premick. He leaves behind his longtime companion, Maxine Potter; cousins, nephews, friends, and colleagues. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 10:30 am. REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, INC., 524 High St., Freeport, PA. A Masonic Service will be held in the funeral home following the visitation at 10:30 with the members of the Pollock Lodge No. 502, officiating. Burial service with military honors will be held in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Allegheny Valley Historical Society, the Allegheny Brass Band, or the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. To send a condolence visit: www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sept. 25, 2013
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