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George Lee Hanshaw Sr.
(1897-1989)

 

George Lee Hanshaw

George Lee Hanshaw Sr. was born on July 3, 1897 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA, the son of Frank Wayne and Mary Gertrude (McCoy) Hanshaw Sr.

George was the first employees of what is now Merrill Lynch, today one of the world's leading financial management and advisory companies. He started working as an office boy on Wall Street at about age 13. This was interrupted by World War I, when he served as an ensign in the US Navy, and played baseball for a Naval team in Newport. 

After the war, George "went up the ranks" as a financial advisor, and became known as a "customer's man" with clients who depended on him to make their fortunes.

In 1926, at the age of about 29, George was joined in marriage with Kathryn Frances Reilly (Aug. 22, 1901-1981). The nuptials were held in White Plains, Westchester County, PA.

The Hanshaws produced four children -- among them George Lee Hanshaw Jr., James "Barry" Hanshaw M.D., Elizabeth Annette "Betty Ann" Fahey and Jean Redegeld.

Despite the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, George did well in business for a few years. Then in 1932, when the lingering economic doldrums became too overwhelming, the family lodged with his widowed mother.

The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows George and Kathryn heading a household in Scarsdale, Westchester County. Living under their roof at that time were four children, George's mother, brother Frank and brothers in law James and Joseph Reilly.

 

George and Kathryn with son Barry, circa 1950

 

 

The Hanshaw grave, Mount Calvary Cemetery

When World War II began, he used his financial acumen working for the Office of Price Administration, a federal agency under the direction of Chester Bowles. After the war, with business partner Roy Cohen, George began an import/export firm and a consulting business involving government regulations on prices.

When he retired, George was involved with a wholesale meat business.

Circa 1959, at the time his mother died, George resided in Briar View Manor Apartments in Westchester County.

Sadness blanketed the family when Kathryn was gathered in by the Angel of Death in or around White Plains in March 1981. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

George outlived his wife by about eight-and-a-half years. Having not seen his brother Frank Wayne Hanshaw Jr. for many decades, George enjoyed a visit with him and his son Frank III in Atlanta in the 1980s.

George passed away in White Plains on Sept. 27, 1989, at age 92. His remains were lowered into eternal repose beside Kathryn's in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Said one of his sons, "He had a wonderful sense of humor and one week before he died he was regaling us with his very funny stories."

 

George, right, with his brother Frank and nephew Frank

 

 

George and Hap (right) at a 1994 wedding. L-R: John and Betty Fahey, Bert and Jeanne Redegeld and Barry and Chris Hanshaw.

~ Son George Lee Hanshaw Jr. ~

Son George Lee Hanshaw Jr. (1928-living) was born in about 1928 in White Plains, Westchester County.

He grew up in Scarsdale, Westchester County.

George married "Hap" ( ? - ? ).

George was employed for many years as an accountant with United States Steel Corporation in Clairton and Pittsburgh, PA.

Hap is believed to have been an active player with the Duquesne Golf Association in the 1980s and 1990s, including entries in the Women's West Penn Amateur tournament at Edgewood Country Club and the Women's Association of Western Pennsylvania Chapman Ball at Rolling Hills.

In retirement, George and Hap continued to live in Pittsburgh.

 

~ Son J. Barry Hanshaw, M.D. ~

 

J. Barry Hanshaw

Son James "Barry" Hanshaw (1928-2019) was born on Dec. 23, 1928 in Scarsdale, Westchester County, NY.

Barry has been an influential physician and educator in upstate New York and Boston, and is named in Who’s Who in America. Receiving his doctor of medicine at the State University of New York at Syracuse in 1953, he held leadership positions at many hospitals, and specialized in the academic aspects of immune system illnesses in fetuses and newborns.

At the age of 25, on Aug. 14, 1954, Barry was joined in marriage with 24-year-old Marian Christine "Chris" Kernan (1930-2019), daughter of Thomas F. Kernan of 311 Parsons Drive in Syracuse. The nuptials were held at St. Charles of Borromeo Church, led by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Canfield, Rev. John B. Daley and Rev. Gannon M. Ryan. News of the marriage was published in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Prior to marriage, Chris attended the Sisters of St. Francis Convent School in Syracuse and received her bachelor's degree in music from Syracuse University, where she was a member if Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Alpha Iota. She then went on to earn her master's of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and in about 1953 taught at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, MO.

 

Barry's book on viral diseases

The couple produced a family of children -- Margaret Hanshaw, Elizabeth "Liza" Hanshaw, Thomas Hanshaw, Lee Hoffman and John Hanshaw.

Barry served as a medical officer circa 1954 in U.S. Air Force hospitals in Cincinnati and Tachikawa, Japan.

He then went on to work in virology at the Harvard University School of Public Health and in 1960 moved to the University of Rochester School of Medicine, focusing for 15 years on pediatrics and microbiology. He became Chairman of Pediatrics and then Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served for a decade. He is now Dean Emeritus at UMass and a college health physician at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and serves on the UMass Memorial Foundation.  

He also was a lecturer of pediatrics at Harvard since 1975, and authored two books – Human Cytomegalovirus Infection and Viral Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn (1984). In 2004, Barry received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Upstate Medical University of the State University of New York, and a Career Achievement Award from the Worcester District Medical Society.

In retirement, Barry was a pastel landscape artist, working primarily in oils, and had eight one-man shows with about 300 pictures in private and institutional collections throughout New England. On his former website, BarryHanshaw.com, he wrote that he had been "strongly influenced by the work of Homer, Monet, Turner, and the contemporary New England luminist painter, Joseph McGurl... In 2009, his work 'Rockport' was exhibited at the Build of Boston Artists as a part of a juried show of New England artists." In 2010, his coffee table book, The Art of J. Barry Hanshaw, was published by Heule Gordon, Inc., featuring 40 favorite works with Barry's personal reflections.

 

Barry's 2010 book of paintings

Chris was a piano soloist with the Syacuse Symphony. Reported the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "As a member of the Hanshaw Trio, a core ensemble for Young Audiences, Inc., she performed extensively in the Rochester, NY area. She studied with Patricia Zander of the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1980, she joined the music faculty at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she taught for over 25 years."

She also loved to garden and was involved with the Worcester Garden Club. Added the Telegram & Gazette, "She was a generous spirit, full of faith, love, and light, and served as an inspiration to friends, family, and strangers alike. She will forever be missed."

Husband-and-wife passed away within nine days of each other in December 2019. He was first, on Dec. 19, at the age of 90. She followed at age 89 on Dec. 28. A funeral mass was held at St. Mary of the Hills in Boylston.

Daughter Margaret Hanshaw formerly was an editor with the Harvard Business Review and pursued her masters degree in fine arts in poetry. Her husband, Dr. Paulo Andre, a native of Lisbon, Spain, began his career as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his work today as a neurologist, Paulo is also is CEO of a computer company, Medicine Interactive.

Son Thomas Hanshaw works for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, and has traveled extensively to India, Bulgaria, Greece, Pakistan and China.

Daughter Lee Hanshaw Hoffman recently completed her first novel for young adults. Her husband Dr. William D. Hoffman is Director of the Surgical Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Son John Hanshaw is director of the Guerrilla Film Fest and the International Film Fest in Washington, DC, where among other accomplishments he has been featured in the Washington Post. He also is involved with protection of the intellectual property rights of artists.

Daughter Elizabeth "Liza" Hanshaw works in the field of human services and has a great love for music and art. She performed with the musical group, "The Blackwells," creating the cover artwork for the band's album.

 

~ Daughter Elizabeth Annette "Betty Ann" (Hanshaw) Fahey ~

 

Betty and John Fahey

Daughter Elizabeth Annette "Betty Ann" Hanshaw (1930-2018) was born in 1930.

As a young woman, she received an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a graduate degree from Fordham University. She earned a living as a social worker in the late 1950s at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

In 1963, at the age of about 33, Betty was joined in holy matrimony with 37-year-old John Joseph Fahey Sr. MD (Jan. 4, 1926-2014), a native of Toronto, Canada and the son of James and Estelle (Harrison) Fahey. Their marriage endured for more than half a century.

The three offspring born to the couple were Julia Anne Fahey, John J. Fahey Jr. and Jeanne Fahey.

The Faheys made a home for many years in Baltimore, MD, where John first began the practice of medicine in 1955. Said the Baltimore Sun, "He and the other orthopedists in the Baltimore area saw and did everything related to the bone. His enthusiasm for studying a Japanese technique satisfied his desire to make surgery a less invasive process. Learning the technique, orthoscopic surgery, put him on the leading edge of his profession and made him an early pioneer in that skill."

With values that reflected John's Roman Catholic upbringing, he became employed by Sisters of Saint Francis at the St. Joseph Medical Center in nearby Towson, MD. In time, he was named the first Chief of Orthopedics at St. Joseph. During the late 1950s, he also volunteered with the pediatric ward at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he and Betty met.

In June 2013, after a career spanning almost 60 years, he was admitted to honorary membership in the medical center's Healing Hands Guild, one of just 15 physicians to receive this honor.

Sadly, burdened with Alzheimer's Disease, John Sr. became a resident of White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Delaware County, PA. He passed away at the age of 88 on Aug. 17, 2014. In an obituary in the Sun, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association.

Betty outlived her husband by five-plus years and endured the untimely death of their daughter Julia in 2016.

She was swept away by the angel of death at the age of 88 on Feb. 25, 2018. A funeral mass was sung at the Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist in White Plains. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, the same burial ground where her great-grandmother Martha Jane "Mattie" (McClaskey) Hanshaw and grandfather Frank Wayne Hanshaw Sr. rest for eternity.

Daughter Julia Anne Fahey (1966-2016) was born in Baltimore. She married (?) Dayan ( ? - ? ). Their two children were Neeley Dayan and Cate Dayan. Later, as a single mother, Julia made her home in Baltimore. Sadly, at the age of 49, she died on Aug. 5, 2016. A memorial gathering was held at the Five Farms Clubhouse of the Baltimore Country Club.

Son John J. Fahey Jr. (1968-living) was born in 1968 in Baltimore. In 1994, he wedded Kathryn "Katie" Davis ( ? -living). They have resided in Newtown Square, Delaware County, PA. John graciously has contributed valuable content for this biography.

Daughter Jeanne Fahey (1970-living) was born in 1970 in Baltimore. She and her husband Daniel Rodriguez Algarin made a home in Cadiz, Spain in 2016.

 

~ Daughter Jean Marie (Hanshaw) Redegeld ~

Daughter Jean Marie Hanshaw (1935-living) was born in about 1935 in Scarsdale, Westchester County, NY.

On Feb. 6, 1960, at the age of about 24, she was united in the holy bonds of marriage with Norbert A. "Bert" Redegeld (May 5, 1932-2018).

They bore four daughters -- Elizabeth Johannes, Mary Dietrich, Christine Redegeld and Katherine Stanton.

After receiving a degree from Williams College, Bert joined the United States Trust Company. His career at U.S. Trust spanned 35 years, and he retired as Vice President and General Auditor.

Bert also served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain during the tensions of the "Cold War."

Reported the White Plains Journal News, "He was a devout Catholic, a staunch defender of the Faith and of the unborn."

Sadly, Bert died at home in White Plains on Oct. 8, 2018. An obituary was printed in the News-Journal.

Daughter Elizabeth Redegeld married Gary Johannes.

Daughter Mary Redegeld wedded David Dietrich.

Daughter Christine Redegeld

Daughter Katherine Redegeld was joined in wedlock with Matthew Stanton.

 

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