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Shattuck W. Hartwell '50

Shattuck W. Hartwell '50 died October 8, 2009.
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SHATTUCK WELLMAN HARTWELL, M.D.

        Sadly, we have lost our classmate and friend, Shad Hartwell, after a long illness of lymphoma complicated by Parkinson’s Disease.  He died at his home in Auburn, Ohio at age 80. Shad was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan.  During the WW II years he lived briefly in Northampton, while his father was in the service.  He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. I met Shad in 1947 when we both found ourselves in the pledge class at Phi Psi.  He was a determined pre-med student, and he never wavered from that goal.  During the famous Tom Gibbs affair at our fraternity he was always a voice of reason, but he never doubted the proper course for us to follow.  In addition to his efforts with the Glee Club, he was part of the great Phi Psi singing group which won several interfraternity competitions.  Also, please see the 50th reunion book, in which he confesses to his role in the Professor Laurence Packard caper.  Shad played freshman soccer, was active in band, choir, and The Student . He spent four years at the University of  Michigan School of Medicine, then a year of internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland. From 1955 to 1957 he was a medical officer in the United States Navy,  returned to Michigan for a general surgery residency, followed by a plastic surgery residency. Shad joined the Cleveland Clinic'’s Plastic Surgery Department in 1963, and was acting Chairman between 1983 and 1985.  He took a strong interest in bioethics and art at the Clinic.  He created the Department of Bioethics and its Archives, and chaired the Aesthetics Committee.  He was also the author of To Act as a Unit, the second edition of the history of the Cleveland Clinic.  He retired from the Clinic as the Director of the I. H. Page Center for Creative Thinking in Medicine. Among his other accomplishments at the Clinic as Director of Professional Staff Affairs between 1974 and 1985, he spearheaded development of the Clinics cornerstone professional review and development programs, organizing compensation around a formal framework and review process. In Cleveland, Shad was widely know for his extensive service to a number of non-profit organizations in leadership positions.  He served on the boards of Apollo’s Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra) for which he was honored with a gala, the Musart Society of the Cleveland Art Museum, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, WVIZ TV, University School, Town Hall of Cleveland, the Cleveland Medical Library Association, the French Heritage Society, and was a campaign leader for United Way services of Cleveland. During his retirement he actively pursued learning numerous musical instruments, including harpsichord,  recorder, and keyboard which he could mute so Jane would be spared the learning process. Mary Jane Davis, of Cleveland, and Shad were married in 1953.  Their life together was filled with great joy including their children, frequent and diverse trips, and vacation homes in Sun Valley and the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario.  In addition to Jane, his children survive:  Davis Hartwell, of Portland, Maine, Emily Taylor, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Samuel Hartwell, also of Cleveland Heights, and eight grandchildren. It seems fitting to close with Shad’'s summary for our 50th reunion book:  1) traveling in good company is a pleasure; 2) some things are imperfectly remembered; and 3) campaign reform may be too much to hope for.

—Bob Dowling ’50 and Samuel Hartwell

Incredible service here at St. Paul's for Shad. Punctuated by music by our internationally acclaimed organist, special music by the director and two other members of a superb group Shad had for years encouraged and supported providing harpsichord and two recorders doing baroque music. All comments by family and now retired President of the Cleveland Clinic were of great interest. He had a huge positive effect upon the institution in many ways including equal pay for various categories of employee be they male or female. This took a good deal of doing on his part. Any number of accomplishments both medical and administrative for which he was revered.
Wonderful guy! We got to know him and Mary Jane when they invited us to be with them at their condo in Sun Valley for three years. He'll be missed by many. RHG

Shad and I met as freshmen at Northampton High School in September 1942. We were in all the same classes for that one year and formed a fast friendship until he left for prep school the following year. He worked as a stack boy at the Smith college Library and was instrumental in my getting employment there for the next two years. Twenty-five cents an hour took care of my meager needs in those years. Imagine our mutual surprise to bump into each other at Amherst in '46. Because of our mutual pursuit of science curricula, we took several Chemistry and math courses together. Being in different fraternities, there was less social time, but we always enjoyed our encounters on campus. About a year ago I learned of his Parkinsonism and we had our first dialog since graduation via e-mail. He was most receptive to prayer which I offerred and now he is with Our Lord.

 

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