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Edward Hartfield

Profile Updated: April 3, 2022
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Residing In
St. Clair Shores, MI USA
Georjean M. Hartfield
Retired Mediator & Arbitrator
Lynn, born 1974

Kim, born 1976

4 incredible grandchildren
Yes! Attending Reunion

I met my wife of 50 years, Georjean, from Kalamazoo College, on the GLCA Japan Program junior year. We traveled around the world together. We were married in 1972, and spent the summer as tour guides in Europe. We then traveled back to Japan for the Shansi Program, returning to campus in '74 to complete the program, celebrate the birth of our first child, and teach in the Billy Jean King tennis program on campus. Serving in an ombudsman role in NJ led me to discover mediation, and spent 3 years as a NJ State mediator. Spent from 1978-1987 in the Federal Mediation Service, and joined the National Center for Dispute Settlement until 2010. Started my own firm---the Hartfield Resolution Group--in 2010 through 2021. Am honored to have been appointed by Presidents Clinton, Obama, and Biden to the Federal Service Impasses Panel. I am retired except for my work with the Panel. I loved my career, and I am grateful beyond measure to Georjean for having made it possible.

Are you planning to attend our 50th reunion in person?


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Apr 21, 2024 at 2:01 PM

Happy Birthday, Nancy! Hope that you are happy, healthy, and enjoying life. Georjean and I are fine, just celebrated anniversary #52!! Have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren who live within 20 minutes. Life is good! Ed Hartfield

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Nov 02, 2023 at 12:39 PM
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Edward Hartfield has left an In Memory comment for Randall Hicks.
Jun 15, 2022 at 4:53 PM


Randy was a great guy. Sometime during the mid-'90's, I was doing an arbitration in New York City, and made it one night to Broadway to see Jekyll and Hyde. I spotted Randy in the orchestra pit, sent a note to meet me at the State Door afterwards, and it was great to connect with him!  Sorry that we have lost him so early.



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Jun 15, 2022 at 11:47 AM

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Edward Hartfield has left an In Memory comment for David Fleming.
Jun 02, 2022 at 8:48 PM

Dave 1978.jpgMemorial Note

David Baker Fleming ‘72, known to most of us as Dave, died way too young on July 28, 1987at the age of 37.  At Oberlin he was Senior Resident in Barnard during the 1971-72 school year. He served for several years as Chair of the Judiciary Committee, responsible for the disposition of student Honor Code violations.  He was a gifted athlete, and played almost every intramural sport.  He had an infectious smile and a great laugh. He made friends easily and often.

After Oberlin, Dave attended Lewis & Clark Law School in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1975.   Following graduation, he clerked for a year for a circuit court judge in Fairbanks, Alaska, a valuable experience that served as a prelude to his being appointed as a local magistrate in the small rural village of Nenana,  60 miles outside of Fairbanks. During his second year in Alaska, he also served periodically as an Acting District Court Judge in Fairbanks, the youngest appointee ever to serve in that capacity. He was devoted to his chosen practice of law, and saw it as a vehicle for improving the lives of the people he encountered.

Following his return to his beloved Portland, Dave struggled for years with increasingly serious health issues until his untimely passing in 1987.  He was a thoughtful, talented, and very bright individual, who influenced many people during his relatively short life. 

As the U.S. and so much of the world is going through this time of extreme polarization, we are reminded of David’s unique ability to conduct thoughtful discussions, and his untiring efforts to build unity wherever he could.  We miss him every day.

Louis Fleming ‘71                                       Edward Hartfield ‘72

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Apr 30, 2022 at 2:52 PM

Cary san, I enjoyed reading about how you have spent your time since Oberlin. Your ExCo course was essential in me getting a head start in Japanese, doing well at Waseda, and then having a very successful Shansi Fellowship experience in Kanazawa. Sorry I won't be seeing you at the Reunion, but I do want to say, however belatedly, Domo Arigato Gozaimasu! Ed Hartfield