In Memoriam: Dr. Harry Halley

Dr. Harry Halley, DBA 1971, passed away on May 23, 2014. At 90 years old, Dr. Halley was a lifelong Colonial and embodied the values of George Washington throughout his life.

Harry served as a commissioned career naval officer for over 20 years (2/44-9/65), Cdr. Halley, USN (ret) was ordered to active duty in World War II while in his senior year at Georgia School of Technology (now Georgia Institute of Technology). His naval career spanned field and national levels, both domestic and international including liaison with the Admiralty and Ministry of Supply in the United Kingdom, world-wide management of shipboard mechanical and electrical inventory (supporting the Polaris nuclear and submarine program), logistic support of naval aircraft and ships, directing industrial relations national institutes for the Office of Industrial Relations, and teaching introductory marine engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a MS degree in Management in 1962 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

After his military service, Harry embarked on a second career as a federal government administrator beginning at the Executive Office of the President at the founding of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) when that agency was in its infancy under the leadership of its Director, Sargent Shriver and Dr. Joseph Kershaw (Office of Research, Plans, Programs and Evaluation). After earning his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Harry was recruited to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to serve as Deputy Controller and Program Director for Management Systems under the leadership of Chairman Arthur Burns and Governor William Sherrill.

Following his government service, Harry served as a leader many senior positions in both Corporate America and higher education, eventually retiring as Acting Vice President for PENN Medical Center and Executive Director for School of Medicine Administration.

Upon retirement, Dr. Halley accepted positions in many Florida posts including the Florida Real Estate Commission Education and Research Foundation Advisory Committee (Member/Chair); Northeast Florida
Regional Planning Council (Member); and District Board of Trustee, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, (Member/Chair), to name a few.

Dr. Halley is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Elinore Alexander Halley of Williamsburg, Virginia, and by a daughter, Alexis Ann Halley (spouse Bayard L. Catron III) of Charlottesville, Virginia. A second daughter, Patricia Lawton Halley predeceased him.

Dr. Halley’s final resting place is Arlington National Cemetery.