Thomas B. Hartmann, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on November 07, 2007. Professor of Journalism Hartmann was a member of the School of Information and Library Studies.
He was born in Somerville, NJ, to John A. and Janet Buchan Hartmann. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, graduating in 1941. He entered Princeton University and was one of the first Princeton undergraduates to volunteer to serve in World War II. He enlisted in naval aviation and served in the Marine Corps in the Ace of Spades, the oldest combat Marine squadron. He flew 89 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross with a cluster and an Air Medal with two clusters. He married Martha Bothfeld of Wellesley, MA, in 1945, and that fall returned to Princeton to complete his undergraduate degree. His first job was as a history teacher at the Hun School in Princeton, and the Class of 1951 recently established the Thomas B. Hartmann Faculty Fellowship Award in his honor. He later taught at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and then became headmaster of St. Mark's School in Dallas, TX. He returned to New Jersey in 1963, and served as assistant director of the New Jersey Office of Economic Opportunity and as deputy director of the Governor's Commission on the Newark Riots of 1967. He helped to develop Livingston College and joined the faculty there as professor of Journalism and Mass Media. In 1992 the university bestowed on him the Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service. His volunteer work was extensive. An avid sports enthusiast, he was a scout for the Detroit Tigers and assisted the Women's Sports Foundation in their annual journalism awards. In a proclamation issued on his retirement from Rutgers, NJ Governor James Florio noted that "Tom Hartmann's colleagues have been known to remark that he has gone to school with, taught, or worked with every person on the planet." He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha; his three daughters, Darcy Hartmann of Lafayette, CA, Betsy Hartmann of Amherst, MA, and Anna Wexler of Brookline, MA; five grandchildren; and his son-in-law James Boyce of Amherst, MA.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Thomas B. Hartmann Faculty Fellowship Award at the Hun School.