The Life of Lewis J. Hart Jr.
Lewis J. Hart Jr., a native of Rosemont, PA and longtime resident of Chappaqua, NY, passed away at the age of seventy-four on August 10, 2019, in Mt. Kisco, New York.
Lewis, also known as "Corky" to close friends, was born on August 2nd, 1945, to Lewis J. and Louisa L. Hart at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. A competitive athlete during his 13 years at Episcopal Academy, he graduated in 1963. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania (‘67), served in the Army from 1964-1966, and later earned an MBA from The Wharton School ('74).
He married Julia Hart (née Julia Rhyne Mullen) in Gastonia, NC in 1979, and they celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary this past April. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Lewis J. Hart III; Lewis's wife, Louise McCready Hart; their two children, Justice and Houston; and his niece, Carolyn Hart Marcus; Carolyn's husband, Matthew Farmer; and their two children, Lowery and Richard.
An accomplished banker, he oversaw the Utilities and Project Finance departments at several New York financial institutions over his near 40-year professional career. Lewis was well respected by many for his integrity, keen intellect, and encyclopedic memory—particularly for sports statistics and historical facts. He will be sorely missed.
From playing basketball in his youth and coaching his son to watching games at The Palestra and closely following the Phillies, Lewis’s passion for athletics never waned. However, even greater than his love of sports was his zeal for education and history. He served on the Alumni Board of Advisers at Episcopal Academy and was a member of the First City Troop, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua, NY.
Following a graveside service at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia on Wednesday, a Church service will take place Thursday morning at 11am at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (https://parish-office.wixsite.com/smtv), the American Cancer Society (https://donate3.cancer.org), or the Montgomery County ASPCA (https://www.montgomerycountyspca.org/).