OBITUARY

Carl Roerig Hartrampf Jr.

August 5, 1932June 20, 2019
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Carl Roerig Hartrampf, Jr., (86) a sixth generation native of Atlanta died Thursday, June 20, at home with his family by his side.

A pioneer in reconstructive surgery, Dr. Hartrampf became world renowned for his advancements in using autogenous tissue for reconstruction after mastectomy, the TRAM flap. His numerous awards include: the American Cancer Society Distinguished Service Award for originating the TRAM flap.

Graduated in 1956 Medical College of Georgia with a Doctor of Medicine, he trained in general surgery at UNC Chapel Hill followed by plastic surgery training at Washington University (Barnes Hospital), St. Louis.

The Hartrampf Research fund is endowed at UNC, Chapel Hill to perpetuate innovation in surgical procedures, a passion of Carl’s.

He and his wife Pat have shared their extensive collections of primitive tools, furniture, maps and books with UGA’s Hargrett Rare Books Library, the Atlanta History Center and The Bascom Museum.

A beloved father and friend, he was a teacher, mentor, storyteller and gracious host; he will be missed by all.

Carl is survived by his wife Pat, Children: Valli Hartrampf Carter (David) of California, Carl Hartrampf III (Avery) of Atlanta and Havalyn Hartrampf Hensley (Joe) of Atlanta and brother, John A. Hartrampf.

Eight grandchildren: Havalyn Logan (Lilli) Arader Merritt (Alex), Anna Avery Hartrampf Young (Wes), Josephine Michelle Arader Delille (Thibaut), Walter Graham Arader IV, Carl Roerig Hartrampf IV(Nikki), Patricia Taylor Hensley, Augusta Caroline Arader, Ralph Elliott Twiggs Hensley (Anna) and four great grandchildren: Elise, Elliot, Michelle, Bernadette and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make contributions to The Hartrampf Research Fund, http://uncmedicine.org/hartrampfmemorial, link below.

The visitation will be at HM Patterson and Son- Spring Hill, Atlanta GA on July 14, 2019, 2-5 pm. The funeral service will be held at Collins Memorial United Methodist Church on July 15, 2019 at 10 am. The burial will immediately follow at Westview Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 15, 2019

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Lynn Damitz

July 14, 2019

On behalf of UNC Plastic Surgery, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies. We are so sorry for your loss as well as the loss of one of our prior learners. We recall the many positive memories and outstanding contributions of Dr. Hartrampf throughout his life and are proud that he was one of our alumni. I personally met Dr. Hartrampf only a few times but also recall stories told by Erle Peacock about their times at UNC when Dr. Peacock would provide colorful stories at our conferences. My favorite memory was of having dinner with Dr. Hartrampf at the UNC annual alumni gathering, The Womack Society. While I was looking for a seat, Dr Hartrampf invited me to the table and got up to find a chair for me noting there were at least 6 others at the table much more junior than him. His welcoming, friendly and innovative spirit impressed and inspired me as I continue as one of the faculty on the UNC Hartrampf service, the breast and general reconstruction service, honoring Dr. Hartrampf’s legacy. (The other services we also named about 10 years ago are the Peacock service which covers hand surgery and the Furlow service which focuses on craniofacial surgery).

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