|Elizabeth Kennedy Hartley Walsh
Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 18 to June 19, 2017
Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy
HARTLEY, Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy Died May 28th, 2017, at a
nursing home in Pleasant Hill, TN, from complications related
to Alzheimer's disease. She was 83 years old.
Dr. Hartley was born and raised in Hyattsville, MD, the daughter
of Rear Admiral Henry Hartley(USN), of Bladensburg MD, and
Elizabeth Mary Kennedy, a schoolteacher and homemaker,
originally from PA. She attended McKinley Tech High School
(1951) in Washington, DC, and earned a BA and MA in
English from Catholic University.
She worked for many years as a social worker in Child Welfare
for the City and County of Denver, CO. She earned a Masters
and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Denver and the University of
Pennsylvania, respectively. She went on to become a professor at Marywood University in
Scranton, PA, where she taught courses related to social work for 13 years.
After retirement, she lived in Petaluma, CA, to be near her grandchildren. She was a member
of Alcoholics Anonymous for almost 40 years and proudly served as a sponsor to many people
coming into the program. Elizabeth had a lifelong interest and appreciation for the arts, reading,
music, and travel. She studied cello and painting, and was an opera lover.
Her father was based in Sasebo, Japan after World War II, and brought home objects of such
beauty from that country that it made her question the wartime depiction of the Japanese she
heard growing up. It was the start of a lifelong interest in Japanese culture. When in her 70s,
she traveled to Japan by herself to attend performances at the Grand Kabuki Theater in Tokyo.
She also traveled widely throughout Europe.
She was by nature a private, quiet, kind, and gentle woman of strong emotions who
experienced both the joys as well as the tragedies of life. She loved being a grandmother,
always attending their events and giving them hand wrapped gifts.
She is survived by her former husband, Louis P. Walsh, of Crossville, TN, and two sons, Louis
Matthew Walsh of Corte Madera, CA, and Patrick Hartley Walsh, of DC; and two grandchildren,
Emmett Christopher Walsh of Madison, WI, and Eva Rui Walsh, of Corte Madera, CA.
A second marriage, to Donald Francis Forness, of Belleville, IL, ended in divorce.
Her brother, Henry Hartley, preceded her in death.