John Souther Hartford ’43 died on May 6, 2003, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Born on June 3, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio, he prepared for college at Millburn (NJ) High School and the Morristown (NJ) High School and attended Harvard College for two years before teaching at the Norfolk School for Boys in Norfolk, CT, from 1939 to 1941. He entered the junior class at Bowdoin in 1941 and, following his graduation in 1943, worked for two years in endocrine research at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He was a technician at the Electro-Medical Laboratory in Holliston, MA, from 1945 to 1947, when he became a sales engineer with the General Electric Company in Ashland, MA. After he moved to the Boothbay area in 1958, he was an electrician and refrigeration worker with Paul E. Luke, Inc. until 1967 and again for some years beginning in 1970, after a three-year stint as a shipwright with Goudy & Stevens. He also worked for Norman Hodgdon’s, Sample’s Shipyard, Robinhood Marina, PSECO, and Twin Rivers Engineering and established Jack Hartford, Inc., designing control panels. Surviving are three daughters, Kitty Hartford of East Boothbay, Chapin H. Cull of Boothbay, and Cory Hartford of East Boothbay; two sons, Keith Hartford of Portland and John S. Hartford, Jr. of Nashville, TN; a sister, Barbara Condon of Bournedale, MA, a brother, Elliot Hartford of Cape Cod, MA; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.