August J. Quarterson, Jr., age 92, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on, Friday, November 11, 2022, at 9:00 P.M.
He was born on August 2, 1930, in Farrell, PA to the late August J. Quarterson and Marie (Will) Quarterson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Quarterson, of West Middlesex, PA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Sandra Lee (Seewald) Quarterson, of Collomsville, PA, whom he married in November 1959, and by a sister, Rosemarie Skiba, of New Castle, PA. He is also survived by a son, Christian (wife Sue), of Mechanicsburg, PA, and two granddaughters, Kathryn Quarterson and Hannah Quarterson. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, PA.
August graduated from Hickory High School in Hermitage, PA, in 1948. He entered college the same year at Penn State University at Edinboro, PA. The serious reversals in the Korean War moved him to enlist in the US Airforce where he served from January 1951 to January 1955 as a ground radio mechanic communications specialist. He served in the Korean War in 1952 with the 5th Radio Squadron, 5th Comm Group, 5th Airforce, Korea. Upon returning to the U.S., he served 2 years with the 664th AC&W Squadron, Bellefontaine, OH, attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1955, he immediately resumed his educational training at West Minster college, then transferring back to Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957 and a master’s degree in Speech Science in 1961.
From 1957 to 1966 he was employed as a public-school speech therapist by the Williamsport PA School District, and the Lycoming County PA School Districts. From 1957 to 1966 he also provided speech and audiological services to the Lycoming County Crippled Children’s Society and the Williamsport Cleft Palate Clinic. During this time, he assisted in the development of a speech and hearing center at the Williamsport Hospital that provided free audiological services to school children in over 6 northern tier counties of PA.
From 1967 to 1969 he served as the director of the Polyclinic Hospital Rehabilitation Unit Speech and Hearing Center in Harrisburg, PA. From 1970 to 1986 August was recruited by the PA Department of Health as a Public Health Audiologist providing statewide services in speech and hearing and the Department of Health Cleft Palate/Plastic surgery program.
From 1974 to 1976 he was the program manager of the Program of Projects which provided comprehensive health services in intensive infant care, children and youth and maternal/infant care. Services were primarily provided in PA teaching hospitals and in the Philadelphia and Allegheny County Health Department.
In 1978 he was promoted to the position of Public Health Executive I in the handicap children’s division, Department of Health, where he had a program management responsibility for a multitude of state funded crippled children’s programs including orthopedic, cardiac, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, hemophilia, dental/facial and other related special projects. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1986.
August was active with social service agencies and served on the professional advisory committee of United Cerebral Palsy of the Capital Area in 1968 and 1969. From 1970 to 1975 he served on the board of UCP ultimately serving as president and chairman of the board. His services to the community were recognized by WSBA Radio and awarded a citation for outstanding citizenship.
He was a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and was awarded a certificate of clinical competence in both speech pathology and audiology.
August purchased a small commercial orchard in 1974 and began a part time produce business which was operated by his family. From 1975 to 1986 they sold their produce at the Open-Air Farmers Market at the PA Farm Show Complex. Following his retirement from the Health Department, August moved the sales operation indoors to the West Shore Farmers Market in Lemoyne, PA. In 1992 he retired from the business which was then acquired by his son Christian and operates today under the name Pippin Run Farm.
August was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, and bowling. He maintained an active interest in orcharding and horticulture throughout his retirement years and was active part-time in the business until the time of this death.
August was deeply dedicated to his family, often sacrificing his time to ensure the health and prosperity of his grandchildren. His passing after a full and productive life still leaves a giant void in our lives that will never be filled. We mourn his passing but celebrate the dedicated, hardworking man, who was a leader, father, husband, grandfather, and visionary. We love him and will miss him immeasurably.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 21, 2022, in the Myers-Baker Funeral Home, 1903 Market St., Camp Hill, PA, with Pastor John H. Brock officiating. A viewing will be held in the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Burial with military honors, will be held following the service, in Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD, 20850-3289, www.asha.org.