Thomas A. Hart Sr., 93, former professor and athletic coach at Howard University and executive at Westinghouse Electric Corporation died at the Residences at Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5. Mr. Hart moved to the District of Columbia in 1948. He was born in Williamstown, Mass. in 1919. He attended Hampton University (where he met his wife, the late Adalyne Monroe Hart), New York University and the University of Illinois. He earned his doctorate in education from NYU.
Dr. Hart served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. He served as a technical sergeant and was in charge of physical fitness for all “colored” troops at Chanute Field, Ill. From 1946-48 he served as athletic director, head basketball and track coach and professor of health and physical education at Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. He was professor of health, physical education and recreation at Howard University from 1948 to 1964. Also, he served as head coach for basketball, track and field, golf, swimming and wrestling. His team won Howard’s first wrestling championship in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1951 and later he was inducted into the Howard University Hall of Fame.
On leave from Howard University, he was sent to Ghana, West Africa by the U.S. Department of State where he and his family lived from 1958-61. In Ghana, Dr. Hart served as National Track and Field coach and Head Olympic coach for the Ghanaian men and women’s track teams for the 1960 Olympics held in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Hart served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia. He served on the Board of Directors of the National YMCA, the D.C. Striders, the Junior Citizens Corps, and the International Association of Free Enterprise Trade Zones. Dr. Hart also worked closely with the Congressional Black Caucus. Dr. Hart was one of the founders and officers of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and he received the James E. Stewart award from that association in 1991.
In 1947 Dr. Hart founded Camp Hart in Williamstown, Mass. The camp provided youth the opportunity to gain leadership skills and an appreciation of the great outdoors from 1948 to1963. In later years the operation focused on golf instruction as well as an emphasis on fitness and the importance of higher education. From 1964-1989 Dr. Hart worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and from 1964-71 he served as director of the Job Corps Center at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. Following that he was executive administrator of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Defense Center. From 1974-89 he served as director of community services and later was executive assistant to the vice president of public affairs in Westinghouse’s Washington, D.C. office.