John H. Dittbrenner Jr.
John Hartman "Jack" Dittbrenner Jr., 82, of Salisbury Township, died January 10, 2013, in Woodland Terrace at the Oaks, after a 22-year courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He was the husband of Annabelle Helen (Pforr) Dittbrenner. They would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary January 19. Born in Fullerton, Lehigh County, he was a son of the late John Hartman and Emilie (Seider) Dittbrenner Sr.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
The lifetime president of the Class of 1948, he was a graduate of Whitehall High School and Leica and Bolex Technical School as well as other photographic technical schools.
Drafted into the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, he earned the rank of Buck Sergeant and was an official Marine Corps photographer. The first bio-medical photographer in the Lehigh Valley, he established the Department of Medical Photography at Allentown Hospital (Lehigh Valley Hospital, Bio-Medical Photography Department) in 1960 and was employed for 33 years, retiring in 1993. In 1995, he was elected president of the hospital's retirees association and often fulfilled the role of master of ceremonies at many affairs held at the hospital.
He was a member and former vice president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Biological Photographic Association and received a citation from the International Congress of Plastic Surgery for excellence in photography.
An avid gardener and singer, he performed with the vocal comedy quartet, The Allenaires, for 35 years. He was a member of the Allentown-Bethlehem Chapter of the Society for Presentation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America for 55 years where he served as board member, bulletin editor, vice president, and president and also served on its Mid-Atlantic District as the area counselor and public relations director.
He is survived by his wife; sister-in-law, Chaplain Kathleen A. Pforr, Cleveland, Ohio; numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by brothers, John and Thomas Sadler.
Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn.: Tribute Gifts, Church St. Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, N.Y. 10008-0780 or Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2100 Mack Blvd., Sixth Floor, 18105.
Services are private. Arrangements were made by the Stephens Funeral Home Inc., Allentown.