Paul Ellsworth Hartmann ’35 died on April 7, 2006, in Williamsburg,VA.
Paul Ellsworth Hartmann ’35 died on April 7, 2006, in Williamsburg,VA. Born on September 13, 1914, in Ashland, MA, he prepared for college at Woburn (MA) High School, Devitt Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., and Boston English School and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1931 to 1933. Following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1937, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy until his retirement as a rear admiral in 1970, when he joined the Naval Reserve Association as a ‘second career.’ His first assignment was patrolling the North Atlantic in search of German u-boats while supporting Great Britain in the years before the U.S. entered World War II. During the war he was executive officer of the air station on Midway Island during the Battle of Midway, the turning point of the war in the Pacific. He later served as air officer/chief of operations on the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto, and during World War II was awarded three Bronze Stars with “V” device for both his service on Midway and actions against the Japanese Navy and kamikazes in the Western Pacific. His last assignment under wartime conditions was in 1966-67, when he served as Commander of Fleet Air Western Pacific Carrier Division 20 during the conflict in Vietnam. He retired from the Navy in 1970 as assistant vice chief of Naval Operations and director of Naval Administration. In his retirement he was president of Global Enterprises, Inc., in Arlington,VA, deputy executive director of the Naval Reserve Association in Washington, and member of the Naval Institute and the Naval Historical Society. He was married in 1940 to Margaret Moore, who died in 2003. He is survived by two sons, Robin P. Hartmann of Dallas,TX, and Dr. Paul K. Hartmann of Williamsburg,VA; three daughters, Margaret H. Lohoff of San Antonio,TX, Mary H. Money of London, England, and Martha D. Hartmann- Harland of Richmond,VA; 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.