Dr. John Q. Hatten
1924 - 2017
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NEWPORT NEWS - Dr. John Quackenbush Hatten, a beloved physician and lifelong resident of the Peninsula, died at age 93 on June 15th, 2017. The son of Leone and Earl Hatten, Dr. Hatten was born April 30, 1924 in Albany, New York. The family moved to Hampton when he was six years old. He was graduated from Hampton High School in 1941 and Hampden Sydney College in 1943, where he was a member of the Navy Reserves V12 unit. Dr. Hatten received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1948, interned at Germantown Hospital in Philadelphia, and was a Resident in OB-GYN at MCV and the University of Virginia. He served as a Medical Officer in the US Navy during the Korean War. Dr. Hatten practiced Obstetrics in Newport News for 41 years, limiting his practice in later years to Gynecology. He was a strong advocate for continuing education for physicians and took advantage of post-graduate courses at every opportunity. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Fertility Society. Dr. Hatten was very active in a number of medical societies, serving as President of the Virginia OB-GYN Society, a charter member of the American Menopause Society and Chief of the OB-GYN Department of Riverside Hospital, where he enjoyed training younger physicians. He was especially active in the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and greatly enjoyed their meetings as well as the close friends and colleagues he met through that Society. Dr. Hatten's love of medicine was closely followed by his love of golf and the lifelong friendships he shared with other members of the Greatest Generation. He played golf with the same group of friends on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons for fifty years, and loved their annual golf trip to Pinehurst, NC, as well as trips to watch the Masters in Augusta, GA and to other national tournaments. He played the game locally and at famous courses until he reached his late 80's. He was also an active member of the Newport News Rotary Club, the James River Country Club, the Hampton Roads German Club and the Hampton Roads Assembly. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church. Dr. Hatten married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Lou Payne, who grew up a few blocks from the Hattens on Chesapeake Ave and shared his birthday, April 30th. They celebrated 70 years of marriage on December 27, 2016. He loved her characterization of him as "a Virginian born away from home". He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Hatten, his son Robert (Bobby) R. Hatten, his wife Joyce, his daughter Dr. Mary E (Mary Beth) Hatten, and his son John (Jay) Quackenbush Hatten, Jr; two grand daughters, Cary Hatten Quinn, her husband Ethan, Meredith Hatten Gentine, her husband Josh; and one grandson John Hart Baker, his wife Lene ; three great-grandsons Ryan James Quinn, Jackson Robert Quinn and Henry Hatten Gentine; his sister Erah Hatten Kliewer, his sister in law, Ann Payne Wood, her husband Barry and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews . A funeral service will be held at 10am on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Newport News. The family suggests that any contributions to honor the life of Dr. John Hatten be made to the Lackey Free Clinic at 1629 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown, VA 23690 ; or to Soundscapes at 11009 Warwick Boulevard, #215 , Newport News, VA 23601 or to the charity of your choice. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

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Published in Daily Press on Jun. 18, 2017.
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June 12, 2019
Myself and my family shall forever hold dear Dr. John Q. Hatten and his family. May he rest in peace. With much love Audrey and family.❤
Audrey Toombs
June 29, 2017
Dr. Hatten was my doctor and delivered our baby Dec. 28, 1970. He performed a C-section after 24 hours of labor of which he spent about 8 to 10 hours of it with me before the surgery . Our son was born not breathing, but we didn't know that. Our pediatrician Dr. Caldroney kept saying to us, you need to thank Dr. Hatten for your baby's life, but I didn't know why until I went for my 6 week check up. I told him what Dr. Caldroney kept saying and ask what was he talking about. Andy was born with a lot of mucus in his mouth and throat and was not breathing. Dr. Hatten did not wait for suction equipment, he went in with his hands and fingers and got it out and got him to start breathing. We never had any more children, not sure why, so Andy was our only child. That little baby grew up here in NN, graduated Ferguson High School, got his police science degree and became a Newport News Police officer. During his career, he was Field Training Officer, training new officers on the force, became a Master Police Officer, served as a detective specializing auto theft and became a Police Sergeant. He is 46 1/2 years old and is eligible for retirement in October. He married and has 3 sons...our wonderful grandsons. I owe so much to Dr. Hatten, so very much. My son was always a wonderful guy and brought us so much love in our lives. I thanked Dr. Hatten many, many times and when I would go in for my yearly check ups, I would sometimes take a current school picture of him and he would ask if he could keep it. I noticed at one appointment that he kept those pictures in my folder. What a wonderful, caring, loving man. I truly respected and loved him. I just wanted the family to know this story. My deepest sympathy to the family and still truly thankful that God had our paths cross.
Sue & Tom Shull (Newport News, VA)
Sue Shull
June 27, 2017
Jay, we were so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Robert and I know this time is difficult for you and the family. You have our very deepest sympathy.
Gay and Robert Boggs
June 25, 2017
I had the pleasure of working for Dr. Hatten back in 1960. Even though I was only there for a short time I had a great experience..My condolences to the family..
Sandra Daughtrey
June 23, 2017
Heartfelt condolences to the Hatten family. Our families have been entwined for many, many years. We will continually pray that God will comfort you during this time. Rest in Heaven, Dr. Hatten. We love you. The Toombs Family
Audrey Toombs
June 23, 2017
To the Hatten Family - My deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. May God provide your family with peace in the days ahead.
Jennifer McClean
June 23, 2017
To Mrs Hatten,Bobby,Mary Beth,& Jay sorry for your loss.The last time I saw Mr & Mrs Hatten Was at church it had been a while and I was with my mom. Sincerly Rick Woods
June 23, 2017
Growing up in Newport News, I had the great fortune to spend many happy times in the Hatten home. Later John showed attention and kindness in helping my wife and I establish medical practices . Always courteous, gentle and looking out for others he served as a model for many, and in these traits Mary Lou was his perfect partner
Alexander Wilson
June 22, 2017
Mrs.Hatten,I thought about you all lot over the years. I always appreciated the opportunity Dr.Hatten gave to me to work for him so very long ago and to get to know your family. You were both wonderful to me. My deepest condolences.
Virginia Gamble (Love)
June 22, 2017
What a wonderful couple for 70 years! Mary Lou, sending you and your family much love as you celebrate John's life on earth; what a joy to know that this is not the end! Blessings and Love, Carol Pinnell(from CBS)
Carol Pinnell
June 21, 2017
To the Hatten Family

Dr Hatten was such a fine gentleman and so loved by his many friends. You all were blessed to have him in your life for many years and the Peninsula will miss him sorely. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Robert Mitchell
June 19, 2017
The Hatten Family,
I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences to all of you with the passing of Dr. John Hatten a man who had a true calling as a doctor and lived up to his oath of office and duties. I first met Dr. Hatten many years ago he at that time saved the life of my very best friend, my grandmother. I remember telling him that she was the only best friend that I ever had and I needed her so much and it all depended on him. Dr. Hatten looked at me with the softest eyes and told me, " you pray and I will do the best I can for your grandmother". When the surgery was over he came in the room with the best of news and told us all that it was grossly benign and couldn't have been any better. He then swung his head towards me and I saw tears in his eyes as I began to cry. Later on in years he was the very doctor that broke the news to me that I was going to be a father. That was my last time ever seeing Dr. John Hatten. He was an actual Angel of God placed here to do His work, his soft spoken manners brought comfort and hope no matter the circumstances. Dr. Hatten your place in Heaven I believe is with the highest Honors for the way you dedicated your life to taking care of others. I pray you will walk side by side with the Creator Himself in the Kingdom of the Most High. Your demeanor and manners as a Doctor is and was an example that ALL physicans should follow.
This man was a true Icon to his profession !!

Thank you,

Master Trooper Dwayne M. Davis(retired) Virginia State Police

(My Grandmother lived to be 97 years old)
Dwayne Davis
June 19, 2017

We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Know we think of you often, always fondly.

Much love,

Ed and Courtney Hand
June 19, 2017
Dr. Hatten was the best doctor anyone could have. He helped my family in so many ways. He was one determined doctor to make sure all of his patients were happy and to have babies. I was so thankful that he came into my life, that I named my son after him. Dr. H, you are going to be missed by so many.
Debbie, Mike and John Bernardi
June 19, 2017
My condolences to all the family on your loss. John was a fine man and very good friend of my Dad's. I hope they are now enjoying some conversation on the 19th hole!
Rob Saunders
June 18, 2017
I grew up across the street from this lovely family. What a wonderful, kind man. My heartfelt condolences to you all. He was surely one of the finest southern gentlemen to ever be born up north.
Laura Palmer
June 18, 2017
John was a good friend and a long member of our YAMASHITA

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