Alumni and guests of Quaker Valley High School will soon set out to support a scholarship founded in memory of a notable former musician.
The Susan Harger Hartford Memorial Scholarship’s first golf outing is scheduled for September 26 at Sewickley Heights Golf Club, 126 Backbone Road.
Hartford, a 1972 graduate and salute, was president of the group and composed “Griffle,” a catchy track played during the school’s halftime shows.
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and became audio director of Masters Productions, Inc. in 1985.
Hartford wrote and produced radio and television commercials and jingles, and also held various positions for professional sports teams, major corporations, and advertising agencies.
The Allegheny Township resident died on January 5, 2020 at the age of 65 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
“Susan was very focused,” said Jean (Cowan) Kestner, a longtime friend and 1972 graduate of Emsworth. “She was very talented. She loved to have fun, but she was mostly humble.
“She received many awards during her career and she never talked about it. We always say that her career started in Quaker Valley because she actually composed a piece of music (in high school) and l published.
Shortly after Hartford’s passing, Kestner and classmates Hilda (Grieger) Raftery, Ann (Houston) Kelley, and Susan (Riegel) Price decided to keep his musical memory alive by offering support to a Quaker senior. Valley.
Students eligible for the scholarship must have been in the band, choir, or musical for three years and maintain a 3.5 GPA.
He gave his first offer of $2,000 in June to Charlie Crane so he could continue his studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I think we all want to honor Susan’s memory in a way that she would appreciate, and we would also like to see students who exemplify what she stood for recognized,” Kestner said.
Kestner often looks back fondly on the time she and her four friends spent together growing up in the Sewickley area in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“It was a different time, obviously,” she said. “We were all very involved in the band, so it was like the epicenter of our world. Outside of the band, we were always together. We spread out across the United States for college, but we still managed to stay connected.
The golf outing is the brainchild of schoolmate Rick Santry, who plans to play with his three sons, Josh, Alex and Brendan.
“I’m honored to help organize this outing to ensure Susan’s legacy is respected,” Santry said. “He was an exceptional person in the classroom, in the music room and in life in general. The scholarship fund in her name for deserving QV music students is a tribute to all that Susan stood for.
The golf outing is also a de facto part of the 50-year class reunion celebration.
Other activities for the Class of 1972 include a stop at Fermata Brewing Co. in Ambridge on September 23, dinner at Blueberry Hill Park in Franklin Park on September 24, and brunch at the Golf Club on September 25.
Those unable to make the golf outing and wish to support the scholarship fund can write checks to Hartford Scholarship and mail them to 8195 Ohio River Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.