|Hetty Louise Harkness Shear
Published: January 14, 2011 The Washington Post— Adam Bernstein
Hetty Shear, church organist, piano teacher
Hetty Shear, 96, a Washington area church organist and piano teacher from the 1930s
to 1950s and from the 1960s to 1980s, died Dec. 28 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver
Spring. She had pneumonia. The death was confirmed by her daughter, Sharon Scott.
Hetty Louise Harkness was a native Washingtonian and a 1933 graduate of Western
High School. She attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., on a music
She was a Silver Spring resident and a member of University Baptist Church in College
Park, where she continued to play the piano for Wednesday evening services until she
Her husband of 66 years, Cornelius B. Shear, died in 2002. Survivors include three
children, Sharon Scott of Riverdale, Stephen Shear of Short Hills, N.J., and Myron Shear
of Olney; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.