John A. Hargleroad ll was born April 8, 1922 in Shippensburg, PA to Fred K. and Nellie Pague (Kanaga) Hargleroad.
Hargleroad attended public schools in Shippensburg, PA, graduating in 1940. In High School he played football, was class president, editor of the yearbook, associate editor of the school newspaper and played trombone in the band and orchestra. He was enrolled in the pre-med program at Gettysburg College and graduated in 1944 with an AB in Chemistry and Biology. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
In 1943, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserves as an apprentice seaman. He graduated from Temple University Medical School with an MD with honours in 1946 as a Commissioned Officer, LT jg USNR. On September 16, 1945, he married Helen Saby in Brua Chapel in Gettysburg. After an internship at Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, he was on active duty with the Naval Hospital and 2nd Marine Corp for the US Navy at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
In 1949, he opened a solo practice of medicine in Shippensburg, PA. In 1951, in addition to his medical practice, he took a part time job of doctor for Shippensburg State Teachers College. He was a General Practitioner and a country doctor who treated all ages, made house calls and assisted in surgery. He delivered more than 2,000 babies at a maternity home, Chambersburg & Carlisle Hospitals, and at home. In Shippensburg, he served on the board of the Tri County Heart Association (Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin), taught Sunday school and served on the Council of Memorial Lutheran Church. He was elected to the School Board and served as president of Rotary. He was a Freemason for more than 75 years. He was a member of the American Academy of General Practice.
In December 1964, Jack moved to State College, PA, and was a physician for Penn State University. In 1968, he became director of University Health Services at Penn State. Some of his activities in Centre County included secretary and president of the Centre County Medical Society, President of Central PA American Heart Association, and served as board members or officers of the Lung Association, United Way, Centre Community Hospital, Centre County Historical Society, and Centre Area Health Council. He taught Sunday school and was president of the Church Council of Grace Lutheran Church of State College. He was Boarded in Family Practice and had a faculty appointment in the College of Human Development and Medical School at Penn State. He was a member of the College Health Association and was elected Fellow. He was president of the Mid-Atlantic College Health Association and on retirement, an award was established in his name. In 1985, he retired from Penn State with the rank of Emeritus, Director of University Health Services.
Hargleroad passed away May 10, 2015.