Dr. John P. Hurtgen
Oct. 6, 1947 – Feb. 17, 2010
John P. Hurtgen, D.V.M., Ph.D., 62, died suddenly the morning of
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. He was the husband of Linda (Greutzmacher)
Hurtgen, to whom he was married for 36 years.
John was born Oct. 6, 1947, in Pewaukee, the son of the late Richard C.
and Mary Agnes Hurtgen. Raised on a dairy farm, he was active in 4-H and
sports during his youth.
He graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in 1965 and received his
Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of
Minnesota in 1970. In 1972, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1976, he received his Master
of Science degree in theriogenology and in 1979 his Doctor of Philosophy
in theriogenology – both from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Hurtgen was on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the
University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. In 1983, he moved to New
Freedom and subsequently began a private equine ambulatory practice. In
1996, he began Nandi Veterinary Associates LLC, an equine reproduction
John published extensively in reproduction of horses and swine, male and
female. He was a diplomat in the American College of Theriogenologists
since 1979. He served two terms on the board of directors of the Society
for Theriogenology and was the 1996 president of the Society for
Theriogenology. He spoke at national and international veterinary
Dr. Hurtgen was a member of the PVMA, AVMA and AAEP, having served on
numerous AAEP committees. He served on the board of directors for the AAEP
and on the research advisory committee for Grayson-Jockey Club Research
Foundation. He was currently on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania
Harness Horse Association and the Pennsylvania Racing Commission Breeders
Fund Advisory Committee. He was also a member of St. John the Baptist
Roman Catholic Church, New Freedom and Farmhouse Fraternity and the U.S.
In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by his daughter, Clare, and
her husband Derek and their children, Julia and Tobias "Toby,"
of Traverse City, Mich.; and daughter Maureen and her husband Saleem and
their newborn daughter, Paloma, of Cambridge, Mass. He is also survived by
five brothers, Andrew (Jeanne) of Monroe, Ore., Thomas (Nancy) of
Hillsborough N.C., James (Kathleen) of Watertown, Leo (Karen) of Elkhorn,
Paul (Yvette) of Pewaukee; three sisters, Mary Humphry (David) of Ixonia,
Ann Pauli (Allen) of West Bend and Ellen Hurtgen of Pewaukee; and 30
nieces and nephews.
In addition to Dr. Hurtgen’s parents, he was predeceased by his son,
Peter E. Hurtgen; sister, Veronica Hurtgen; brother, Peter W. Hurtgen; and
nieces, Renee Hurtgen and Jennifer Gruetzmacher.
Viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 22, at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 N. Second St., New
Freedom, Pa. A funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New
Freedom. Following cremation, interment will be in St. John the Baptist
Cemetery, New Freedom, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be
made to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, 4075 Iron Works
Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511, or at aaep.org; The American College of
Theriogenologists, P.O. Box 3066, Montgomery, AL 36103; Farmhouse
Fraternity, 1505 Cleveland Ave. N, St. Paul, MN 55108; or St. John the
Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom PA 17349.
J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 717-235-3857, is serving the family.