Allen Porter Hartman, MD died at the Billings Clinic on February 29, 2020 of cardiovascular disease. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 21,1930. His parents were Joyce Ian Hartman, MD and Ruth Green Hartman. He lived in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, until his 12th birthday.
A few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Allen’s father volunteered for duty with the Navy. As a result Allen and his family spent the rest of WW II moving about the country, following his father to various duty stations. These included Norfolk, VA, Jacksonville, NC, and Palo Alto, CA.
In 1946 the family returned to their home in Shaker Heights. Allen spent the first two years of high school at Palo Alto High School. He then completed high school at University School in Shaker Heights . He went to Amherst College in Amherst, MA, where he graduated majoring in French Literature. While at Amherst he competed for four years on the varsity swim team and belonged to the Theta Xi fraternity.
Allen graduated from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland in 1956. He did his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York. When he completed his training in 1961, he and his family moved to Billings where he joined the Billings Clinic. He remained at the clinic until he retired in 1995. He also served in the Navy as a doctor and in the Marine Corps.
Al was married twice. He was married to his first wife, Jean Humphreys, in 1957. She was the mother of his children. She died of cancer in 1986. He was married to his second wife, Connye Hager, in 1995. Connye and Allen were married at the time of his death.
Al is survived by his wife, Connye, of Billings; his children Henry (Pam) Hartman of Cary, NC, Amy (Tom) White of Mercer Island, WA, and Rebecca (Michael) Newcomer of Asheville, NC; Connye’s children Gretchen (Jesse) Straessle of Bonney Lake, WA and Van (Marisa) Hager of Tigard, OR. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Samuel, Grace, Joshua, and Benjamin Hartman, Lindsay and Molly White, Matthew and Emily Newcomer, and three step-grandchildren, Sean and Ryan White and Michelle Straessle.
Al practiced pediatrics at the Billings Clinic from the time of his arrival in Billings in 1961 until he retired in 1995. In addition to his practice, Al served as Medical Director and chairman of the Board of the Montana Center for Handicapped Children located on the campus of Eastern Montana College. He also was a member of Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities located in Helena. He served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of that organization for several terms. Special needs children were near and dear to his heart; hence his passion for the study of.genetics.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at American Lutheran Church, with a reception to follow. Cremation and Funeral Gallery has been entrusted with arrangements and a full obit can be viewed online at www.cfgbillings.com/families/hartman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Avenue, Billings, MT. 59101, Billings Clinic Foundation PO Box 31031 59101 and St. John’s United Foundation, 2429 Mission Way, Billings, MT 59102.