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Andrew F. Hartnett

AGE: 57 • Downingtown

1958-2015. Andrew F. Hartnett, 57, of Downingtown, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Patricia M. Hartnett (nee Thievon), with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Francis T. and Kathleen Hanley Hartnett. Andrew graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in nursing and received his Master's Degree from Ottawa University in 1995. He was currently a Doctoral candidate at Northcentral University. He served much of his nursing career as admitting charge nurse in Neuro units at Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He then went into sales in the pharmaceutical industry, following which he became Director of Education Services for Astra. He later started his own business, Symmetry Consulting, specializing in organizational development and performance improvement.

Andrew taught in MBA programs with Penn State, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Wilmington University, and was the Assistant Chair of Wilmington University's MBA program. Mr. Hartnett proudly served his country as an officer in the Delaware Air National Guard, commissioned as a flight nurse/combat medic. He served in medical missions in Central America, and in the Middle East during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He later served as Chief Nurse of the Medical Squadron, and worked as a Special Projects Officer for the Adjutant General of the State of Delaware. He was closely involved in the base's successful defense in the BRAC Commission. He was co-founder of the Delaware Leadership Academy, a partnership between the Delaware National Guard and Wilmington University, designed to develop the next generation of National Guard leadership; and served as a board member of Delaware Boots on the Ground. He retired as Lt. Colonel and Deputy Group Commander of the 166th Mission Support Group, after 27 years of service. Mr. Hartnett served his community through the Chester County Leadership Connection, as Past President of the Lionville branch of the Upper Main Line YMCA, and as a member of the St. Elizabeth Church Council of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Andrew F., Jr. and wife, Michelle, and SSgt. James P. Hartnett. Also surviving are his siblings, David, Francis, and Kathleen Hartnett, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, at St. Elizabeth Church, Fellowship Road and Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, where family and friends may call from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. A visitation will also be held on Monday from 4 - 7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at the Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Qeqchi Partners - a non-profit working to provide both safe water and preventive health care in rural Guatemala, at 408 Dickson Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202; or to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Arrangements are being handled by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown. To send online condolences, visit

Published in The News Journal on Jan. 24, 2016
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