John Harris Hatheway
April 24, 2017

John Harris Hatheway, died on April 24th after having lived a joyful, amazing life, by his own account. He joins his wife, Pat, who died 12 years earlier. He leaves behind the most important things in his life – his 3 children and their spouses: John and Bethany Hatheway, Geoff and Mary Beth Hatheway, and Sara (Hatheway) and Pete Merrill, his 7 grandsons of whom he is extremely proud: John B., Patrick, William, Jack, Kellen, Daniel, and Zachary, his beloved companion Judith H. Cross and dear cousins Bob and Ken Perkins and their families.

John was born August 9, 1926 in Waterbury, CT to Fredrick Whipple Hatheway and Louise Anna Wood Hatheway. John attended Crosby High School in Waterbury CT and went on to attend Dartmouth College (BA ’48) and Amos Tuck School (MBA ’50). He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. John also served in the US Army from February 1946 to November 1947.

Well-respected for his integrity in his business career, John spent his entire 49 year career with Young & Rubicam. He began his advertising life as an Executive Trainee in the Research and Marketing department and rose to Executive VP. He managed a wide array of accounts including General Foods, Johnson and Johnson, Union Carbide, Lipton, Gulf Oil and Met Life. John spent the last 2 years of his career in San Francisco as Executive VP/Western Regional Manager managing accounts such as Chevron and Clorox. He made many lifelong friends along the way, including Bob Haynes, a dear friend he met through General Foods, who recently passed away.

John met Patricia Mary Flaherty while working at Young & Rubicam and they married in 1955. Their marriage lasted nearly 50 years until Pat died of Alzheimer’s on 4/24/2005. John was a devoted husband and amazing caregiver to Pat.

After having their first son they moved to Chappaqua, NY and later Mt. Kisco, NY. John became active in the Episcopal Church serving in many leadership roles at St. Mary’s the Virgin Church in Chappaqua, NY. John was also involved in the Chappaqua Summer School Program and Director of the Horace Greeley Educational Fund.

John loved Dartmouth College, too, and expressed this by being involved in nearly every aspect of its alumni affairs. He served as Class Agent since graduation and Reunion Chairman for his 5th, 50th and 65th reunions and Class President from 1993-1999. He and Pat hosted many mini reunions as well. John was also a long-time member of the Dartmouth Club of NYC, serving as a Board Member for 28 yrs and President for 4 of those yrs. While in CA, John served as Director of the Dartmouth Club of Northern CA. He was Chairman of Dartmouth Third Century campaign. In addition, John was also very active in the Hanover Inn, serving as Overseer of Hanover Inn from 1968-1979 and as a board member from 1996-2009.

John was honored with the distinguished Dartmouth Alumni Award in 1980 for distinction in career, deep involvement in community affairs and continuous service to Dartmouth.

In his retirement he returned to Hanover, and continued to serve Dartmouth as Chairman of Public Affairs Advisory Committee and was one of the founders of Dartmouth Life, where continued to serve as Editorial Board Member until his death. John also became deeply involved with St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Hopkins Center, the Hopkins Museum, the Upper Valley Hostel, and the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley .

John was an avid lifelong skier. In the fair weather, John spent many hours on the golf course with friends and family. He and Pat and the kids enjoyed many wonderful family weekends and vacations at their farmhouse in Jamaica, VT, and the memories made there are among his favorites.

John was an amazing man, husband, and father and will be missed immensely.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in John’s memory to: Dartmouth College Class of 48 Fund Dartmouth College 6066 Development Office Hanover, NH 03755.

Services will be held at St. Thomas Church Hanover, NH on Sunday, May 28 at 2:30 PM.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.


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