Sally Spohr Hawthorne

By on November 6, 2013

Art Institute of York teacher, also taught at Warwick

Sally Spohr Hawthorne, born May 4, 1951 and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, recently passed away. She was the daughter of Robert (who passed away in 2004) and Lorraine Harrison Spohr (Lititz).

The Spohr family moved to Hohokus, N.J. when Sally was eight for her dad’s new job with Schrafts. Sally graduated from Ridgewood High School in the class of 1969. She received her BA in art and art education at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, participated in numerous social, athletic and community organizations and was president of the Women’s Panhellenic Council during her senior year. Sally then went on during her career to get two master’s degrees — in education at Millersville University and in humanities at California State University.

Sally is survived by her husband of 39 years: Lee B. Hawthorne (Lititz) whom she met at DePauw; a son: Brian Spohr Hawthorne, along with wife Jennifer Rose Hawthorne and 15-month-old grandson Jack Harrison Hawthorne (Baltimore, Md.); and daughter: Julie Hawthorne Padgett along with her husband David Andrew Padgett and two grandsons: Charles Dean Padgett, 2 1/2, and Henry Byrnes Padgett, who is just two weeks old (Boston, Mass.). She is also survived by her mother: Lorraine Harrison Spohr (Lititz) and brother: Mark, along with his wife Deborah (Tahoe City, Calif.); six nieces and nephews, and one grand-niece.

Early in Sally’s career, she worked for Studio K in Lancaster and designed the wrappers for Whatchamacallit candy bars and Otter Pops frozen treats. When the kids were young, she was a substitute teacher for Manheim Township and Warwick school districts. For the last 20 years, she has taught at the Art Institute of York, formerly known as Bradley Academy. Besides teaching students, Sally was also Director of Faculty Development where she mentored new teachers and worked to improve the classroom skills and effectiveness of all faculty members.

Sally was also heavily involved in the youth programs and served as an elder and Sunday School teacher at Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown and Highland Presbyterian in Lancaster.

The Hawthorne family and the Art Institute have created a memorial fund in Sally’s name to be used to create the annual Sally S. Hawthorne Faculty Excellence Award to inspire, recognize and honor the best teachers at the Art Institute of York. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Sally’s memory through contributions to The Education Foundation, 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (note on your check that the donation is for the Sally Hawthorne Faculty Excellence Award).

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 9, 2013 at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz with Pastor Dale Marx officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

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