George H. Hartmann

Friday, March 02, 2018

Hanover, N.H. — George H. Hartmann of Hanover died on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at age 90, after a short illness. George was born in New York City in 1927, and he grew up in Huntington, on Long Island. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1949, and from the Thayer School of Engineering in 1950. He was an officer in the Navy Civil Engineers Corps from 1955 to 1958. He had a long and distinguished career in business. He worked for General Electric from 1950 to 1975. From 1972 to 1975 he was president of General Electric in Spain. From 1975 to 1978 he was president of Davol, a subsidiary of International Paper. He ended his career as a group vice-president with Textron, headquartered in Providence, R.I.

After his Navy service, he worked in Burlington, Vt. for a GE department there. In 1958 he met his future wife, Anne Martin, who was a student at Middlebury College. They married in 1960 and had four children: Michael, Steven, Cassie, and Liza. He is survived by his wife, his children and their spouses, and eight grandchildren.  

Through his adult life, George supported and volunteered in various philanthropic and civic activities. During his working years he was active on the Rhode Island Council of Economic Education, and on the Joint Council of Economic Education. He was a U.S. delegate to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group. In retirement, he was a member and sometimes chairman of Lyme’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, or ZBA. He was a Board member of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, or VNH, for nine years. He was active in Dartmouth College affairs, and was president of his class at his death.

George was passionate about sailing all of his life. He had various boats, starting with a 16 foot Comet which he built in his basement at age 12, and which he sailed on Long Island Sound. After retirement, he and his wife sailed their boat from Rhode Island to Ireland, and then spent several summers cruising in northern Europe. Later, they sailed in New England, especially loving the coast of Maine. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America. His other recreational passion was flying, and he kept a small plane at Lebanon Airport for several years.

A reception in George’s honor was held at Kendal on Feb. 25. The family suggests that gifts in his memory may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice  (VNH), 88 Prospect Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.