Carol Joyce Harten, 90, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and loved ones on July 6, 2021 after a long illness.
Carol was born on February 22, 1931 to William and Dorothy Hinds in Silverton, Ohio. After graduating from Regina High School, Norwood, Ohio, she studied at the College of Mount St. Joseph, graduating in 1953. Later in life she earned her Master of Community Planning degree in 1969 and a Doctorate of Education in 1982 from the University of Cincinnati.
Carol was an amazing woman who raised eight children and provided a home for many others while teaching full-time at UC and completing her advanced degrees. All who knew her were made to feel special and exceptional. She was a strong mentor and leader to family, friends and community.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond David Harten and her eight children, Mary Teresa Harten (Frank Newbauer), John P. Harten (Emily), Paul F. Harten (Amy), Sarah H. Koucky (Walter), Thomas D. Harten (Annamarie), Maura H. Wolf (J. Miles), Jennifer A. Harten and Christopher D. Harten (Allison). She leaves behind twenty-two grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
During Carol’s career she served as the interim Dean of the College of Community Services, directed the Department of Community Planning/Administration, and served as Associate Director of the School of Planning. As Associate Professor, Carol participated in the Sister City Health Care Exchange with Kharkov, Ukraine in 1991. Carol served as President, Cincinnati Catholic Women’s Association, 1998-2000; 2003-2005 and President, Woman’s Club of the University of Cincinnati, 2000-2001; 2009-2010. Carol retired in 1992 as Associate Professor Emerita of Health Planning/ Administration after 23 as a faculty member and academic administrator.
Her final years were spent focused on family and civic activities. She helped two sons with the revival of Mecklenburg Gardens Restaurant, and loved spending time with friends and family at her Rocky Fork Lake House.
A Celebration of Life service is being held at Bellarmine Chapel on Saturday, July 10th at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the scholarship fund at either Cincinnati Catholic Women’s Association or the Woman’s Club of University of Cincinnati.
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