Deceased October 8, 2009

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In Memory

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, Mich. During the WWII years he lived briefly in Northampton, while his father was in the service. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. After Amherst, he spent four years at the Univ. 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 U.S. Navy, following which he 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.

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; Samuel Hartwell, also of Cleveland Heights; and eight grandchildren.

Willie McCormick ’50

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