9. (2014 April) Obituary: Philadelphia Loses Two Beloved Georgists

On Saturday March 5, two long time Philadelphia Georgists, Jake Himmelstein and Donald Hurford passed away. They both will be greatly missed.

Jacob (Jake) Himmelstein was Husband of Rachel (nee Friedman). Brother of Jerry (Evie) Himmelstein. Father of the late Benjamin Himmelstein. Jake, among many other Georgist endeavors organized the 1989 150th anniversary of Henry George’s birth. Relatives and friends are invited to Graveside Services Sunday 1 P.M. precisely at Har Jehuda Cemetery (sec. S), Upper Darby. Contributions in his memory may be made to Jewish Family Services, 2100 Arch St., 5th Floor, Phila., Pa., 19103, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Donald E. Hurford of West Chester and Phoenixville Dr. Donald E. Hurford, born in 1918; a longtime educator, died in his sleep at Brandywine Hall on March 5, 2013 after a long and predominately healthy life of more than 95 years. Born in Boston, Dr. Hurford lived in Philadelphia and its suburbs since 1958. He grew up during the Great Depression on Cape Cod, where many family and friends remain. He earned a doctorate in educational media in 1976 from Temple Univ., a masters degree in education in 1958 from Bridgewater State College (Mass.), and graduated in 1941 from Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts, majoring in history. After wartime hospital service as a conscientious objector and a postwar period in journalism in 1955 he turned to education. Initially he taught in Falmouth Public Schools and since 1958 he taught in Philadelphia and suburban schools, colleges and universities including, Immaculata, Lincoln and St. Joseph’s Universities. Since his informal retirement in 1986, he had been employed at West Chester University as a student teaching supervisor and at Delaware County Community College as adjunct instructor of psychology and sociology. Don had a great sense of intellectual curiosity regarding religion, history, the origins of man and political and economic systems along with a great sense of humor. He believed in the value of education and used to say…”Education is a lifetime endeavor”. He was open minded, liberal thinking and was an engaging conversationalist, always interested in hearing from others about their ideas. In Chester County he was active in peace and social justice causes, holding memberships in Clergy and Laity Concerned, West Chester Interracial Council, Keystone Alliance, ACLU and other organizations. Since 1978 he had served as instructor and special advisor at the Henry George School of Social Science, Philadelphia. He was a 12 year member and past president of Paoli Express Toastmasters Club, a steadfast Democrat; a founder of the Phoenix and Church Street Book Clubs. Dr. Hurford leaves his daughters, Rebecca J. Hurford, Julie A. Hurford, Laura Wolff and Letitia M. King; and his sons, Donald E. Hurford, Jr. and Timothy J.E. Hurford; and granddaughters, Molly Hurford, Sophia G. King, Cecilia M. King, Addison J. Hurford; grandson Joshua S. Wolff; two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law . He was pre-deceased by his former wife, Jane A. Hurford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5th, at the Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3424 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426, where he was a member. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to the Henry George Institute, 121 East 30th St., New York, NY 10016; or the Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3424 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426.
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1. (2013 December) Obituary: Albert S. Hartheimer

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.

Center for the Study of Economics
413 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147

10. (2012 November) Obituaries: Artie Yeatman

Arthur P. Yeatman, II passed away at home on Sunday, November 11, 2012. He was 84 years old. Born in West Grove, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Clarence P. Yeatman and the late Marjorie Brosius Yeatman. Artie was a farmer and mushroom grower. He served for many years as treasurer of the C.P. Yeatman & Sons Farm. In addition, he was a long-time collaborator with the School of Living and the Henry George Institute, as well as a regular participant in the annual conference sponsored by the Council of Georgist Organizations.

He is survived by his wife, June Valerie Yeatman and siblings, C. James Yeatman, Elisabeth Y. Walker and Robert R. Yeatman. He was pre-deceased by his wife , Shirley Boggs Yeatman and his son, Arthur Philip Yeatman, III.

Friends are invited to share at a Memorial Service celebrating Artie’s life at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at London Grove Friends Meeting, 500 West Street Road in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

6. (June 2012) Obituary: Richard Douthwaite

Richard Douthwaite via Stewart Goldwater, February 1, 2012 Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (Feasta) In memoriam: Richard Douthwaite Richard Douthwaite, co-founder of Feasta and much-loved colleague and friend, died on November 14th 2011 after a long illness. We will miss his unique and far-ranging intellect, the clarity of his thought and writing, his warmth and his laughter. Tributes to him have come in from around the world. www.feasta.org/2011/11/15/in-memorium-richard-douthwaite/