Dr. James Hartnett

YORK Dr. James Hartnett, 90, died Sunday, August 4, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late John Walter Hartnett and the late Alva Lillian ( Morales) Hartnett. He and his wife, Ruth K. (Breher) Hartnett, celebrated 62 years of marriage on June 23, 2013. Dr. Hartnett was born in Bartlesville, Okla., on June 25, 1923, but lived in Kansas City for 21 years. He served in World War II as a pilot of a Maurader medium bomber. Thanks to the GI Bill, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo. He also completed a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy in American History from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. He taught history for 33 years in several colleges and universities. These included John Carroll University, York Junior College (later York College), Millersville State College (now University), and Delaware State College in Dover, Del. Upon retirement, he taught American History as an adjunct professor for another 10 years at York College of PA. During his long career, he served as a department chairman for 10 years, as well as serving on many administrative committees. He is survived by his wife, Ruth K Hartnett; daughter, Christina Milsom and her husband, Joe Milsom of Wrightsville; son, Kevin Hartnett and his wife, Maureen Hartnett of Brookeville, Md.; daughters, Therese Galage and her husband, Tim of Cape Town, South Africa, Jeanne Sequeira and her husband, Brian of Severna Park, Md., and Melissa Marvel of Hellam; and five grandchildren, Michael Hartnett and his wife, Jocelyn Hartnett of Indiana, Pa., Lydia Hartnett of Brookeville, Md., Stephanie Galage of Richmond, Va., Rebecca Galage of Seattle, Wash., and Ethan Marvel of Hellam. He recently became a proud great-grandfather to Evangeline Vega Hartnett of Indiana, Pa. Dr. Hartnett is also survived by a brother, Thomas Vincent Hartnett of Kansas City, Mo.; sisters, Margaret Theresa (Maggie) Schneider of Victorville, Calif., and Sara Ann Cloud of St. Louis, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of York and active in the pro-life ministry. He was a member of the Organization of American Historians, The Society for Utopian Studies, and served on local boards including Family Services of York, Crispus Attucks, and the York Historical Society. He was loved and well respected by his co-workers and students. A pictorial tribute will be held on Friday, August 9, 2013, at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church of York, 2935 Kingston Road, York, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial that will begin at 6 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to York County Special Olympics, 600 Mulberry St., York, PA 17403 (717) 846-1881; and Seachange, 2522 Warren Road #40, Indiana, PA 15701 ("Celebrating life and exposing injustice"). The Hartnett family would like to extend their gratitude for the sensitive and attentive care they received from the Emergency Room staff of the York Hospital. John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 902 Mt. Rose Ave., York, is assisting the family. KefferFH.com

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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Aug. 7, 2013