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Harry J.​ Hartz, Engineer, Dies at 83

November 20, 2008
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Harry J. Hartz, 83, an engineer and sailor, died Sept. 18. He was raised in Philadelphia.

Hartz earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Towne School of the University of Pennsylvania. He became an expert in strategic planning and development at Electric Storage Batteries, where he worked from 1965 to 1981.

At the age of 56, Hartz founded H.J. Hartz & Associates in 1982 as a consultant in mergers and acquisitions, specializing in the mid-market for technical, chemical and manufacturing companies.

He was granted several patents while he worked at Honeywell in the 1950s, developing delayed-action mercury switches and working with the team that developed the battery for Polaroid cameras.

Hartz was a lifetime member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.), and had been active in Retired Executives and Professionals, and B'nai B'rith.

He voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, working on the light cruiser U.S.S. Reno in the North Atlantic as an electronic technician's mate/Second Class, through June 14, 1946.

An accomplished photographer, Hartz was always ready with his Leica to snap a photo while traveling and at family events. His impressive landscapes and his ability to catch people while doing their everyday activities won him several photography awards. INCO Ltd. used his photos from France to decorate the walls of the firm's Philadelphia offices.

Hartz's love of the sea remained long after he left the Navy. He was privileged enough to sail a tall ship in the North Sea (at age 70); the highlight of the trip was when he climbed the main mast while at sea. He also loved the opportunity to take a tour with Navy Seals and sleep on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constitution, after landing on the ship in one of its Navy jets.

Judaism also played an important role in Hartz's life. He was elected president of the Youth Forum (young singles) at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and remained an active member of the synagogue for many years.

Hartz is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Kapp; daughter Diane Warsoff; son Eric Hartz; and six grandchildren.

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