Quaker Valley Excessive College alumni and visitors will quickly tee off in help of a scholarship based in reminiscence of a former music standout.
The inaugural Susan Harger Hartford Memorial Scholarship golf outing is scheduled for Sept. 26 at Sewickley Heights Golf Membership, 126 Spine Street.
Hartford, a 1972 graduate and salutatorian, was band president and composed “Griffle,” an upbeat tune performed through the faculty’s halftime exhibits.
She graduated magna cum laude from the College of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music and turn into audio director of Productions Masters, Inc. in 1985.
Hartford wrote and produced radio and TV adverts in addition to jingles, and likewise labored in varied positions for skilled sports activities groups, main firms and promoting companies.
The Allegheny Township resident handed away Jan. 5, 2020 at age 65 after a four-year battle with colon most cancers.
“Susan was very targeted,” mentioned longtime buddy and fellow 1972 grad Jean (Cowan) Kestner of Emsworth. “She was very proficient. She was enjoyable loving, however she was above all issues humble.
“She acquired quite a few awards throughout her profession and she or he by no means ever spoke about them. We at all times say her profession started in Quaker Valley as a result of she truly composed a bit of music (in highschool) and had it revealed.”
Shortly after Hartford’s passing, Kestner and classmates Hilda (Grieger) Raftery, Ann (Houston) Kelley and Susan (Riegel) Worth determined to maintain her musical reminiscence alive by providing help to a Quaker Valley senior.
College students eligible for the scholarship should have been within the band, refrain or musical for 3 years and keep a 3.5 GPA.
It gave out its first providing of $2,000 in June to Charlie Crane so he may additional his training on the College of Pittsburgh.
“I feel all of us wish to honor Susan’s reminiscence in a method that she would respect, and we additionally would love college students who exemplify what she stood for to be acknowledged,” Kestner mentioned.
Kestner usually appears again fondly on the time she and her 4 associates spent collectively rising up within the Sewickley space within the late Sixties, early ’70s.
“It was a unique time, clearly,” she mentioned. “All of us had been very concerned within the band, in order that was just like the epicenter of our world. Outdoors of band, we had been at all times collectively. We scattered throughout the USA for school, however nonetheless managed to remain linked.”
The golf outing is the brainchild of classmate Rick Santry, who plans on taking part in together with his three sons, Josh, Alex and Brendan.
“I’m honored to assist convey this outing collectively to verify Susan’s legacy is upheld,” Santry mentioned. “She was an distinctive individual within the classroom, within the music room, and in life basically. The scholarship fund in her identify for deserving QV music college students is a tribute to all that Susan stood for.”
The golf outing additionally serves as a de facto a part of the 50-year class reunion celebration.
Different actions for the Class of 1972 embrace a cease at Fermata Brewing Co. in Ambridge on Sept. 23, dinner at Blueberry Hill Park in Franklin Park on Sept. 24 and brunch on the golf membership Sept. 25.
Those that can’t make the golf outing and wish to help the scholarship fund could make checks out to Hartford Scholarship and mail them to 8195 Ohio River Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Overview workers author. You’ll be able to contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter .