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06/18/17 - NNHS Newsletter - John Q. Hatten

John Quackenbush Hatten
(30 Apr 1924 - 15 June 2017)

Hampton High School Class of 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I am saddened to bring you this edition of the NNHS Newsletter on this Father's Day. Beloved peninsula physician     John Q. Hatten, Hampton High School Class of 1941, husband of Mary Lou Payne Hatten of VA, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the age of 93. 

   Father of     Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA, Mary Beth Hatten (Ferguson HS - @ '68), and Jay Hatten, he was the brother of Erah Hatten Kliewer, and the brother-in-law of Ann Payne Wood ('54), and of the late Margaret Lee Payne Overton (June '45) and   Nelson Overton (June '45).

From the Daily Press - 06/18/17:

        John Q. Hatten


    NEWPORT NEWS - Dr. John Quackenbush Hatten, a beloved physician and lifelong resident of the Peninsula, died at age 93 on June 15th, 2017.

The son of Leone and Earl Hatten, Dr. Hatten was born April 30, 1924 in Albany, New York. The family moved to Hampton when he was six years old. He was graduated from Hampton High School in 1941 and Hampden Sydney College in 1943, where he was a member of the Navy Reserves V12 unit.

Dr. Hatten received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1948, interned at Germantown Hospital in Philadelphia, and was a Resident in OB-GYN at MCV and the University of Virginia. He served as a Medical Officer in the US Navy during the Korean War.

Dr. Hatten practiced Obstetrics in Newport News for 41 years, limiting his practice in later years to Gynecology. He was a strong advocate for continuing education for physicians and took advantage of post-graduate courses at every opportunity. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Fertility Society. Dr. Hatten was very active in a number of medical societies, serving as President of the Virginia OB-GYN Society, a charter member of the American Menopause Society and Chief of the OB-GYN Department of Riverside Hospital, where he enjoyed training younger physicians. He was especially active in the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and greatly enjoyed their meetings as well as the close friends and colleagues he met through that Society.

John Q. Hatten, M.D.
  Dr. Hatten's love of medicine was closely followed by his love of golf and the lifelong friendships he shared with other members of the Greatest Generation. He played golf with the same group of friends on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons for fifty years, and loved their annual golf trip to Pinehurst, NC, as well as trips to watch the Masters in Augusta, GA and to other national tournaments. He played the game locally and at famous courses until he reached his late 80's.

He was also an active member of the Newport News Rotary Club, the James River Country Club, the Hampton Roads German Club and the Hampton Roads Assembly. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church.

Dr. Hatten married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Lou Payne, who grew up a few blocks from the Hattens on Chesapeake Ave and shared his birthday, April 30th. They celebrated 70 years of marriage on December 27, 2016. He loved her characterization of him as "a Virginian born away from home".

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Hatten, his son Robert (Bobby) R. Hatten, his wife Joyce, his daughter Dr. Mary E (Mary Beth) Hatten, and his son John (Jay) Quackenbush Hatten, Jr; two grand daughters, Cary Hatten Quinn, her husband Ethan, Meredith Hatten Gentine, her husband Josh; and one grandson John Hart Baker, his wife Lene ; three great-grandsons Ryan James Quinn, Jackson Robert Quinn and Henry Hatten Gentine; his sister Erah Hatten Kliewer, his sister in law, Ann Payne Wood, her husband Barry and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10am on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Newport News.

The family suggests that any contributions to honor the life of Dr. John Hatten be made to the Lackey Free Clinic at 1629 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown, VA 23690; or to Soundscapes at 11009 Warwick Boulevard, #215, Newport News, VA 23601 or to the charity of your choice.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on June 18, 2017.

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June 18, 2017

John was a good friend and a long member of our YAMASHITA

GOLF GROUP of James River Club. We had a wonderful time.

Very few are left. There are perhaps 3 out of 32. We still here hold fun memories.

~ Unsigned

June 18, 2017
I grew up across the street from this lovely family. What a wonderful, kind man. My heartfelt condolences to you all. He was surely one of the finest southern gentlemen to ever be born up north.

~ Laura Palmer, Fort Worth, Texas

June 19, 2017  
My condolences to all the family on your loss. John was a fine man and very good friend of my dad's. I hope they are now enjoying some conversation on the 19th hole!

~ Rob Saunders, Newport News, Virginia
June 19, 2017

Dr. Hatten was the best doctor anyone could have. He helped my family in so many ways. He was one determined doctor to make sure all of his patients were happy and to have babies. I was so thankful that he came into my life, that I named my son after him. Dr. H, you are going to be missed by so many.

~ Debbie, Mike and John Bernardi

June 19, 2017

We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Know we think of you often, always fondly.

Much love,

~ Ed and Courtney Hand

June 19, 2017
The Hatten Family,
I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences to all of you with the passing of Dr. John Hatten, a man who had a true calling as a doctor and lived up to his oath of office and duties. I first met Dr. Hatten many years ago. He at that time saved the life of my very best friend, my grandmother. I remember telling him that she was the only best friend that I ever had and I needed her so much and it all depended on him. Dr. Hatten looked at me with the softest eyes and told me, "You pray and I will do the best I can for your grandmother." When the surgery was over he came in the room with the best of news and told us all that it was grossly benign and couldn't have been any better. He then swung his head towards me and I saw tears in his eyes as I began to cry. Later on in years he was the very doctor that broke the news to me that I was going to be a father. That was my last time ever seeing Dr. John Hatten. He was an actual Angel of God placed here to do His work; his soft spoken manners brought comfort and hope no matter the circumstances. Dr. Hatten, your place in Heaven I believe is with the highest Honors for the way you dedicated your life to taking care of others. I pray you will walk side by side with the Creator Himself in the Kingdom of the Most High. Your demeanor and manners as a Doctor is and was an example that ALL physicians should follow.
This man was a true Icon to his profession!!

Thank you,

Master Trooper Dwayne M. Davis (retired) Virginia State Police

(My Grandmother lived to be 97 years old)

~ Dwayne Davis, Hampton, Virginia

June 21, 2017
Dr. Hatten was such a fine gentleman and so loved by his many friends. You all were blessed to have him in your life for many years and the Peninsula will miss him sorely. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

~ Robert Mitchell, Newport News, Virginia

June 22, 2017
What a wonderful couple for 70 years! Mary Lou, sending you and your family much love as you celebrate John's life on earth; what a joy to know that this is not the end! Blessings and Love, Carol Pinnell (from CBS)

~ Carol Pinnell, Yorktown, V

June 22, 2017  
Mrs. Hatten, I thought about you all a lot over the years. I always appreciated the opportunity Dr. Hatten gave me to work for him so very long ago and to get to know your family. You were both wonderful to me. My deepest condolences.

~ Virginia Gamble (Love)

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Hatten family and their friends at this difficult time.

    From Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA - 06/20/17:
I am deeply touched by the coverage that you have given to
my father’s passing. I was extremely fortunate to live 69 years with him as my mentor and role model. Dad was a champion listener, encourager and comforter, all of which meant that he was loved by everyone who knew him. My favorite question throughout my adult life has been “Are you Dr. Hatten’s son? “ I would of course say “yes” and then the unfailing response would be “I just love your dad, he delivered my babies, he took good care of me, and he always made me feel special”. Well, in fact, he made all of my family feel special too by always being there for us to share our happiness or our sorrows. He will be missed, but he will always live in our hearts and memories to inspire and comfort us.

God bless the Typhoons, God Bless Carol, and may all of you continue to enjoy the friendships and memories that we share.

Your childhood friend,

   What a lovely tribute! Thank you so much for your kind words, Bobby; it was my privilege to do so. Again you have my deepest condolences on his passing.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead On, O King Eternal

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888 (4 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917)
Music (Lancashire) by
Henry T. Smart, 1836 (26 Oct 1813 -6 July 1879)

Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.

 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

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Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05

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