Wilfred Hathaway Professor, organist

September 19, 1994|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Sun Staff Writer

Wilfred B. Hathaway, professor emeritus of biology at Towson State University and for years a fervent organist, died of a heart attack Thursday at Fallston General Hospital. He was 74.

Dr. Hathaway went to work for the university as a biology professor in 1950. He became dean and director of graduate studies in biology at Towson State in 1967 and held the post until 1980.

At various times, he also taught part time at the University of Baltimore and the former Baltimore Junior College. He also taught at Harford Community College's Continuing Education Division until 1988.

Dr. Hathaway of the Churchville section of Harford County added a large studio to his 100-year-old-home a few years ago so he could have a massive organ with 800 pipes built into the walls.

"My husband loved to play the organ," said Patricia Hathaway, his wife of 46 years.

At the time of his death, Dr. Hathaway was organist and choir director at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, positions he had held 28 years.

"We will miss him so very much. His death will leave a great void in our worship services," said the Rev. G. Neale Wirtanen, pastor of the church.

Dr. Hathaway, born in Salem, Mass., in 1919, earned a doctorate in 1950 from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He had earned a bachelor's degree from Massachusetts State College in Amherst and a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts.

During World War II, he served as a technical instructor for the Army Air Corps.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Churchville Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Clement Bostock Hathaway of Denton; two daughters, Charlotte Colegrove of Churchville and Elizabeth Hathaway of Port Angeles, Wash.; and three granddaughters.

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