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“Jane, Gary and i want to send you hugs and our thoughts and prayers as you go through ths part of lifes journey. John was an inspiration and mentor...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Rhonda Anderson - scottsdale, AZ

“Springer Family, So sorry for your loss. Mr. Springer was such an amazing man. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Irene and Dan Gosselin - IL

“Susie, Whenever you spoke of your father it was quite evident that you loved and respected him very much. Your father's recent health status and...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Chris Jakymiw - Wethersfield, CT

“Dear Jane, We extend our deepest condolences to you and all your dear ones upon John's passing. We understand the profound loss to you, your family...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Arlene & Dan Neiditz - CT

“What a wonderful man Mr. Springer was, and what fond memories he has left us all with! I worked with him at MedSpan and he truly was an amazing man -...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Rose Angelone - Cromwell, CT

“Mr. Springer was very kind and caring. He always parked in the regular employee garage and would walk out with you and say good morning ask how...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: M.BROWN - Windsor, CT

“Very Sorry for Your Loss. John was one of my favorite students in the class of 1949. R. Kitzerow BHS Faculty 1946-78 ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Robert KItzerow - North OLmsted, OH

“We will always have the warmest of memories and the highest regard for John as a neighbor and friend. We have had the privilege of seeing John truly...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: John, Juliet, Alexander Tariot & Robin Shield - NH

“Mr. Springer, a great man. He followed in the footsteps of another great man, Dr. Hamilton, and continued to keep the culture and family of HH...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Andrea Nardi - Vernon, CT

“Nellie and all your family, We send you our prayers and love to you during this sad and reflective time. Your dad always arrived in Sewickley with a...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Sarah and Ed Heres - Sewickley, PA

“Dear Springer family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and good thoughts are with you all. Love, Jill ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Jill Irvine - boston, MA

“Dear Jane, May the many treasured memories and years you spent with John bring comfort during this time of loss. With sympathy and...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Bill & Sonja Hannah - New London, NH

“Dear Jane, Dana, Kelley, Susan and Nellie, I am so very saddened by the news of John's passing. He was a wonderful man and we Hamiltons, loved him...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Jeanne Hamilton - Mystic, CT

“Jane, So very sorry-I grieve deeply now for John.-A man's man in all respects I guarantee, Jane, that all Marines that touched his life,...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Bob McCarthy - NC

“To the Springer Family, I first met John as a young college student. I had just introduced my brother to his sister. I was very impressed with the...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Elna and Jim Hanly - Charlotte, NC

“Dear Springer Family, When I heard of Mr. Springer's death, I felt a great loss. We will never forget the wonderful times Carolyn and I shared...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Norman and Carolyn Curtis - TN

“Dear Springer Family, I used to work with Mr. Springer back in 1973, as Assistant Director of Nursing. What a great man. Several years later he told...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Sandra Muller,R.N. - Cromwell, CT

“I've never had the pleasure of meeting other members of the Springer family but wanted to express my deepest sympathy on the passing of, in my...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Arthur H Stewart - Newington, CT

“As a member of John's regular golf group at Lake Sunapee Country Club, I will miss his company and his competitive spirit on the golf course. I never...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Dick Little - New London, NH

“John was exuberant each time we met at Palmetto. Though we did not know each other well, I will miss his friendly grin whenever we saw one another....Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Joan M. Collins - Darien, CT

“Dear Springer Family, I have been associated with Hartford Hospital for over forty-five years, starting as a volunteer, attending Hartford Hospital...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy Kelly - Farmington, CT

“DEAR SPRINGER FAMILY-I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH SUSIE FOR THE PAST 1 1/2 YEARS. HER COMPASSION AND...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: MONICA ORIS - CHESHIRE, CT


John Kelley Springer, 78, beloved husband of Jane (Parsons) Springer, died February 4, 2010, at Hartford Hospital from infectious complications of a brain tumor. Born in Salem, Ohio, on May 11, 1931, son of the late Wilbur J. and Nellie (Kelley) Springer, he graduated from Bay Village High School in Ohio, Dartmouth College in Hanover NH, Class of 1953 and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he received his masters in Hospital Administration in 1959. While at Dartmouth he majored in sociology, was a member of the Beta Theta Pi National Fraternity, and was an officer of the Sphinx Senior Honorary Society. Following graduation from Dartmouth he joined the United State Marine Corp where he spent 5 years on active duty as a jet and helicopter pilot. Following active duty he served in the Marine Corp Reserve retiring at the rank of Colonel. John served Dartmouth's renowned Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital as Hospital Administrator from 1960-1971 in Hanover, NH. In 1971, Mr. Springer joined Hartford Hospital where he served as president and CEO for 20 years. He was instrumental in initiating the trauma and emergency program as well as the LIFE STAR Air Medical Program in 1985. The John Kelley Springer Heliport at Hartford Hospital was dedicated on October 25, 1990. Following his retirement from Hartford Hospital he developed the Connecticut Health System (incorporating Newington Children's and Meriden Wallingford with Hartford Hospital) and developed MedSpan, a provider sponsored HMO. In 2003 he and his wife Jane moved to Sunapee, NH. This move provided many opportunities for family gatherings and a reconnection to Dartmouth College. In retirement he served as President of his class at Dartmouth, and was member of the Alumni Council. His interests in Health Care lead him to serve on numerous boards including the Board of Directors at New London Hospital, the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors, the American Hospital Association as PAC Chairman, as well as President of the New England Hospital Assembly, and the Travelers Insurance Board for 25 years. Included among his many awards were The Award of Honor from the American Hospital Association, and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award. In his community he served the church as an active member on boards and committees. He is survived by Jane Springer of Washington Pa, his loving wife of 53 years; daughters, Kelley Braun of Marblehead MA., Dana Poirier of Downingtown PA, Susan Springer of West Hartford CT and Nellie Kraus of Sewickley PA; brother Wilbur J. Springer Jr of Seattle Washington, sister Elizabeth Wise of Springerville Arizona; and 10 grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as "Pa". He will always be remembered for his humor, and his unique ability to genuinely make everyone feel important and loved. As a symbol of the respect and devotion that the Hartford Hospital has for John Kelley Springer, former President and CEO, it has been ordered that the hospital flag be flown at half staff. "Semper Fi". Funeral services will be Monday February 8th at The First Church of Christ Congregational, 12 South Main St. West Hartford, at 2:00pm. A wake will be held on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave. West Hartford. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the LIFE STAR Educational Fund c/o Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour St, Hartford, CT 06102. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com

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