William J Hartnett, Sr

William J Hartnett, Sr

Death 3 Dec 1995 (aged 73)
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot 29,, 76
Memorial ID 48189917 · View Source
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Tuesday, December 5, 1995
William J. Hartnett , founder of the old Weather Corporation of America here and a pioneer in weather forecasting for utilities, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 1995) in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was 73 and was living with a daughter, Kathleen Belanger, because of disability from a head injury.

Mr. Hartnett , formerly of Richmond Heights, received a degree in meteorology at St. Louis University in 1943. As a forecaster with the Navy's weather service, he cleared bombing runs from the Pacific island of Guam in World War II. In 1946, he joined the fledgling Weathercasts of St. Louis, bought out the original partners that year and helped start the new field of industrial meteorology. Weather Corporation of America, as it's been called since 1952, was the first private forecasting service to contract with public utilities, including Commonwealth Edison and Laclede Gas and Union Electric here, starting in the late 1940s.

For a time in the 1950s the company also played rainmaker for farmers and others, seeding clouds with dry ice or silver iodide crystals.

Mr William Hartnett was a contestant on "What's My Line?" on the February 22, 1953 episode- looking young and handsome. His line was "rainmaker" and he said he was from St Louis. He donated his prize to Boy's Town in Missouri. Currently as of August 2015 this episode can be seen at this link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hDdppaHcTk
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Mr. Hartnett stepped down as president in 1987 but kept the title of board chairman. The firm, which was situated in Earth City in later years, was sold in March to Surface Systems Inc. of St. Louis, which makes weather-monitoring sensors for roadways and airport runways.

Mr. Hartnett was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and in scouting. In 1971, he and his wife, Kathleen, also a company officer, took a year's leave to work with the Jesuit mission and school on the Wind River Indian Reservation at St. Stephens, Wyo. Kathleen Hartnett died in 1993.

Mr. Hartnett was an avid outdoorsman. The one-time Eagle Scout pursued fishing, camping and hiking with his family at their farms on the Bourbeuse River and at Cuba, Mo.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 7230 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Also surviving are five sons, Joseph Hartnett and Michael Hartnett , both of St. Louis County, William J. Harnett Jr. of Pasadena, Calif., Stephen Hartnett of St. Louis and John Hartnett of Clearwater, Fla.; another daughter, Mary Hartnett of Dublin, Ireland, and 13 grandchildren.

The family requested that donations be made to St. Stephens Indian Mission Foundation, P.O. Box 278, St. Stephens, Wyo. 82524.
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Section: NEWS
Page: 05B
Index Terms: OBITUARY ; William J. Hartnett ; DEATH FUNERAL
Record Number: 9512050012
Copyright (c) 1995 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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