Captain Richard Hartman
Captain Richard Hartman, Raytown High School, Class of 1959
After graduating from Raytown High School in 1959, Richard H. Hartman earned a full Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1963 and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. In 1973, he received his Masters in Management Science from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Captain Hartman was a commanding officer in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1988 where he trained his crew to pass annual weapons employment examinations. From 1983 to 1986, he served as Deputy Commander for Readiness and Training CSD-2. He assisted the USS SUNBIRD (ASR -15) in passing its first operational propulsion plant examination. The SUNBIRD deployed in February 1986, with Nuclear Deep Diving Research Submarine NR-1 in tow, to search for components of the Challenger Space Shuttle off Cape Canaveral, Florida. He received numerous awards during his career in the U.S. Navy.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Captain Hartman pursued a second career, teaching high school science. In 1994, he enrolled in Providence College Teacher Certification Program and earned certification for teaching high school physics, biology, general science, and mathematics. He is most proud of the physics class he taught from 2002-2003, where his students built underwater, remotely-operated vehicles for the Marine Advanced Technology Education Competition. His team defeated a team from MIT and later placed third in nationals.
He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and from 2011-2014, he served as Post Commander for Post 4487 out of Middletown, Rhode Island. He was honored as Veteran of the Year for Newport County, RI in 2014. He belongs to the American Legion and has been a member of the United States Golf Association.
Captain Hartman is an active adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He is currently the Unit Commissioner for two troops and a crew in the Metacomet District of the Western Massachusetts Council.