Dr. John S. "Jack" Harshey

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Dr. John (Jack) S. Harshey, 86, of Westminster, died April 6, 2016 at Carroll Hospice. Born February 28, 1930 in Jeannette, PA, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Florence (Simpson) Harshey. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maryl Harshey. Jack faithfully served his country during the Korean War as a U.S. Medical Laboratory Technician in the Tokyo, Japan Army Hospital and the Medical Evacuation Hospital in Pusan, Korea. After he returned home, he graduated from Catawba College in 1954 with a degree in Chemistry and was president of his senior class. He then attended the University of Maryland Medical School and received his medical degree in 1958. He completed his internship and residency in Youngstown, Ohio and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. With his wife Maryl, he moved to Westminster in 1962 to open his private practice, where he cared for his patients until his retirement in 1990. During this time, he was chief of staff of Carroll County Hospital from 1968-1970 and again from 1978-1979. After retiring from private practice, Jack became Director of the Carroll Lutheran Village Medical Suite for Independent Living. His compassion for his patients throughout his long career was well known to all those who were fortunate to have him as their physician. He was active in numerous professional associations including serving as Charter President of the Carroll County Heart Association, Charter President of Carroll-Frederick Heart Association, and Vice-President of the Maryland Affiliate of the American Heart Association. He established the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program in Carroll County leading the training and evolution of this critical service. Jack was a man of integrity and great character: loving, compassionate, hard-working, and dedicated; traits which he has passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a gentle soul and had a great sense of humor. He had great respect and appreciation for what our natural world had to offer: from the beauty of a sunset over his beloved Marshyhope to the tranquility of the mountains of New Germany State Park. He was an avid photographer who captured that splendor through his collection of photographs. He loved to travel and enjoyed seeing the world with the 'turkey group' and other beloved friends. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends and his former patients. The impact he had on those whose lives he touched is reminiscent of a pebble that has been tossed in a pond: the ripples continue to grow. In addition to his loving wife Maryl, he is survived by his children: Lisa Kirschner and her husband Charles of Finksburg, MD, Keith Harshey and his wife Pam of Fogelsville, PA, Craig Harshey and his wife Renée of Germantown, MD, Anne Harshey and her husband Monty Palmer of Oak Hills, VA; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Lindsay Kirschner, Andrew, Tyler and Matthew Harshey, Jackson and Colton Harshey, Alexandra Ricketts and Sloane and Merritt Palmer; sister, Sally Franke and her husband Bob of Boyton Beach, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Lloyd Harshey. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court St., Westminster, MD. Friends may visit with the family in the church parlor at 10am. The service will begin at 11am in the Holy Cross Hall with a luncheon following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Carroll Hospice, Inc (The Dove House), 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157. Arrangements handled by Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, Westminster. Online condolences may offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.



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Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 8, 2016
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