Albert S. Hartheimer, 87 of Greylock Estates Road in Lanesborough, MA died on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He was born in Jersey City, NJ December 11, 1925 son of Felix and Julia (Levy) Hartheimer. He graduated from Dickinson High School in 1943, and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York from 1943–1944. He then entered the US Navy until 1946. He returned to RPI and in 1949 graduated from the School of Architecture.
He established and directed an architectural practice in Albany, NY, from 1953 to 1976. In 1976, he and his former wife, Marion, established a domestic and international tour company. In 1968, he had taken an economics course taught by Manny Choper from the Henry George School of Social Science based on Progress and Poverty a book by political economist Henry George, which heavily influenced him. The following year he ran as a progressive candidate for mayor of Albany, opposing an entrenched Democratic machine. For the remainder of his life, he worked tirelessly on behalf of tax policies which would promote social justice and help to eliminate poverty. He was a passionate participant in politics, both national and local.
He served as a board member on several foundations, including the Center for the Study of Economics and Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. During his retirement in Lanesborough, from 1997 to 2013, he created and published a free weekly newsletter to inform citizens on town issues.
Al’s life was marked by joie de vivre, optimism, and generosity. To quote him: “The highlight of my life is waking up each morning and enjoying every day. Every day is special. I have so many things that are special; I can’t count them all…” He enjoyed genealogy (for his family and many others!), learning and speaking foreign languages, traveling, cycling, hiking and skiing. He skied and cycled until age 84. Family was always of paramount importance. He was the de facto patriarch of his large extended family, working to keep connections alive including organizing family reunions.
Survivors include his wife the former Doris DeCenso Vincent, whom he married in 1995, daughter Anne Hartheimer of Corvallis Oregon, son, Robert Hartheimer (Nancy Golding), of Washington DC, daughters Julia Hartman (Shelley Hartman) and Laura Allen of New York City and his stepchildren Joshua Vincent (Christine Simiriglia) of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Maria Vincent, of Troy New York.. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Adam, Jesse, and Benjamin Hartheimer, Jedediah Clinger, Amanda and Max Hartman, and Daniel Allen as well as his sister Ernestine Goodman of Columbia Maryland, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Louis Hartheimer. A memorial service for Al will be held in early spring.
Al served 12 years as Vice-President of the Henry George/Center for the Study of Economics in Philadelphia, PA. Deductible gifts in his name may be made by contributing on the Center’s web page www.urbantoolsconsult.org or to 7488 Oxford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19111.