In Memoriam: Jacquelin Harden

​Jacquelin Harden, CRNA

Submitted by Dr. John W. Harden, Jr.
Jacquelin S. Harden, 66, of Atlanta died at her home in Buckhead on March 22, 2014, after battling uterine carcinosarcoma since September of 2012. Beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, Jackie was born September 16, 1947 to the late Jack and Dorothy Eiseman. She grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she attended elementary school at St. Paul's Catholic School. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1965, and received her nursing diploma from the Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Miami, Fla., in 1968. She completed her nurse anesthesia training program at Albany, New York Medical College School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1972. At the same time she received the CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) designation.
She then embarked on a stellar career in medical anesthesia. She worked as a nurse anesthetist at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital of Emory University, Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, Veterans Administration Medical Center West Side Chicago, Northwestern University Medical Faculty Foundation, Medical Center Anesthesia Associates (now at Atlanta Medical Center), again at Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, and finally at Piedmont Anesthesia Associates, (at Piedmont Hospital) where she retired due to her illness in February 2013.
Jackie was always highly regarded by her anesthesia colleagues, and she specialized in anesthesia for thoracic surgery at the end of her career. At every institution she worked, the surgeons always wanted Jackie to administer anesthesia on their patients due to her vast experience, overwhelming competence and dedication. Her husband, John, was a Colonel in the Army Reserves. During his missions away, she always held down the fort at home, and displayed the attributes of the consummate military wife. This was especially true after 9/11, when John was gone the better part of a year. In addition, Jackie worked in Chicago while her husband was a resident at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and helped support the family.
She leaves her husband, Dr. John W. Harden, Jr., her son, David Thomas Bertany of Atlanta, Ga., and his wife, Michelle Lee Bertany, and stepson, John Wesley Harden, IV, of New York City, N.Y. She also leaves her older sister, Joyce Olivene Doyal of Olympia, Wash., and four grandchildren that include Alexandra Marie Bertany, Michael Joseph Bertany, Nicholas Patrick Bertany, and Christopher Thomas Bertany, all of Atlanta, Ga. She also leaves her beloved Shi Tzus, Maggie, Marley and Mollie. Her animals meant the world to her and were a big part of her life. The family wants to thank Dr. John McBroom of Piedmont Gynecologic Oncology, Dr. Linda Wobeck of Piedmont Radiology, Dr. Pamela Soliman of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. William Read of the Winship Cancer Center of Emory University Healthcare for providing her care and doing everything humanly possible to save this wonderful woman.
This memoriam was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from March 27-28, 2014.