In Memoriam : William Hartley
William Hartley - age: 83
(July 16, 1934 to December 20, 2017)
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1530 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood Florida.
William C. Hartley MD, a devoted surgeon and Hollywood pioneer, passed away suddenly at his home on December 20th, 2017.
Born in Macon, Georgia the third child of Dr. James and Clair Hartley the family moved to Hollywood in 1925 where his father established a practice as the third doctor in Hollywood. Even at 6 years old, Bill demonstrated a commitment to helping people by saving an 18 month old child from drowning on Johnson Street Beach. He received the Carnegie Medal.
Bill attended Hollywood Central Elementary and South Broward High School. He received his BS and MD degree from Emory University where he was also President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. After graduation, Bill served as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Upon returning he completed his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University. Bill was appointed chief resident in general surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine where he also taught from 1957 to 1965. Wanting to return to his beloved hometown, Bill settled down and established his own practice in 1957.
He served on the staff of Hollywood Memorial Hospital for 40 years. He helped it grow from a small, two story facility to a tertiary medical center, with 5 campuses. His calm but disciplined personality was respected and compelled him to accept positions of leadership. He was Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery as well as Vice President of the hospital. In addition to his work at the hospital he was also committed to the evolution and advancement of healthcare. As such, he served as Chairman of the Board of Censors for the Broward County Medical Association as well as their president. He was also president of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Florida Surgical Society. Billís longest position held was as Floridaís Governor at Large for the American College of Surgeons for 8 years. His mollifying but reasoned approach was especially valuable during the years when medicine evolved from a profession into a business. Billís presence in these organizations served as an important touchpoint since his goal was never financial success, but assuring that patients received the highest quality care despite their ability to pay.
His leadership also extended to the community he was so devoted to. Bill was on the Board of Directors for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the First National Bank of Hollywood. A founder of the Hollywood YMCA, he also served as President of the Kiwanis Club and Committee of 100.
Bill was the definition of a history buff. An incessant reader to his core, he was so well versed in the latest political events, you often found yourself engaged in conversation surrounding the topic before you could ask ďHowís the weather today?Ē.
His obsession with history led him around the world. His adventures included: Safariís in Africa, the pyramids of Egypt, the great coliseums of Greece and Rome, climbing the Great Wall of China and many fishing expeditions too numerous to mention.
In rare moments of personal time, he spent it surrounded by his loving family and friends. On weekends he could be found playing tennis at David Park with his colleagues, fishing the backwaters of Islamorada, or enjoying the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Bill was a true outdoorsman at heart. Whether it was snow skiing in Colorado, horseback riding at his cabin in Lake Okeechobee, trekking through numerous national parks, or enjoying a crisp starry night. But nothing gave him greater pleasure than tending daily to his garden.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of 46 years, son William Jr, daughter Kristen Hartley Camp (Eric), grandson Colin Camp, nephew James Hartley (Mindy), niece Jan Hartley, niece Karen Hartley Wagner, great nephew Justin Hartley, great niece Madison Hartley. He was predeceased by his son John Hartley, sister Frances Hartley, and his brother James Hartley.
The Hartley family would like to thank Dr. Arthur Palamara, Billís colleague and close personal friend, for his tireless and exceptional medical care.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1530 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood Florida. Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home 954-989-8220.
Being a physician was Billís passion and the practice of medicine provided him the opportunity to fulfill a meaningful life. In 2000 he was awarded the Memorial Foundationís Spirit of Healing Award. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Memorial Hospital Foundation 3329 Johnson Street Hollywood, Florida 33021.
Richard and Cheryl Shafron - December 31, 2017 Contact this person
We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was certainly one of the last true professionals.
We do have some very fond memories of our friendship with you and him.
Cheri and Dick
Richard Dellerson - January 1, 2018 Contact this person
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Had the privilege to work with him over many years in the Memorial Hospital ER. He was an outstanding surgeon and a kind and compassionate man. My condolences to his wife Barbara and the rest of his family. Richard Dellerson MD.
Carol Anker - January 1, 2018 Contact this person
Dear Barbara and family,
I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. Please accept my sincerest condolences and know my warm thoughts and prayers are with you.