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Welcome to Hartzler.net! This domain exists to provide internet services
for the Hartzler family. This site contains a loose
collection of items that are or were of interest to one of us at some
point or another.
March 26, 2007:
A new Daughter Of No Comment by Mary Peterson Hartzler
is available. (April 2007)
February 21, 2007:
My dad, Alfred James Hartzler, died on February 21. The following text
is contributed by Mary Peterson Hartzler; his surviving wife, and by M.
E. Hartzler, his surviving brother:
James was born April 17, 1922, the second of six children to Melvin
Earnest Hartzler and Zora Frances nee Harris, in Manhattan,
Kansas; the home of his maternal grandfather, Samuel Harris. James was
named to give him the same initials as his paternal grandfather, Alfred
Jerome Hartzler. The Hartzler family lived on Oakwood Street for over
James graduated valedictorian of his 1940 Downers Grove Community High
School (Illinois) senior class. He was the first chair Sousaphone
player of the Downers Grove 1940 National Champion High School Band. He
also won first place for his Sousaphone solo at the National Band
Contest in Flint Michigan in 1940. He won election to the National
Honor Society and a four year scholarship to the University of Chicago.
James earned a BS in physics in 1943; he spent a few months in the
army, obtained an honorable discharge, and returned to the university
in the fall of 1943. Subsequently, he earned an MS, and in 1951 a
Ph.D. in physics for his cosmic ray research. He was elected to the
honors society, Phi Beta Kappa, and the honorary science society, Sigma
XI. Upon graduation he joined Carnegie Institute of Technology as a
research associate. During the Vietnam War he went to The Operations
Evaluation Group where he had two overseas tours attached to the
Commanders of the Seventh and then Sixth Fleets. He then worked in
Operations Research with the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and
was awarded a distinguished service medal.
He was a master class rally navigator, an expert small craft sailor,
and an avid wildlife photographer. James served on the Board of the
James Renwick Alliance of the Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian
He is survived by his wife, Mary Peterson Hartzler (AB University of
Chicago, 1950) of Alexandria, Virginia, a son, Peter Harris Hartzler
(AB geophysics University of Chicago, 1981) of Falls Church, Virginia,
and two grandchildren, Adam Wilson, 19 and James Peterson, 15. He is
also survived by a sister, Eleanor Anne Knight of Lake Forest, Illinois
and a brother, Melvin E. Hartzler of Katonah, New York.
He is greatly missed.