John E. Tannehill, 78

June 25, 2017

John E. Tannehill, 78, died on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Willow Valley. Born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, John was the son of the late Francis and Cecelia (Cooper) Tannehill. John was the husband of Inta (Muiznieks) Tannehill, to whom he was married for 52 years.
John earned his Bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College and went on to Earn 2 Master of Arts degrees at Berkley and Princeton Universities. John was a Political Science professor at Millersville University. John did extensive research and documentation on the Blacksmith tools made in Lancaster County. He was known as “the professor with the camera” at auctions. He was an antique dealer, avid tool collector, historian, and genealogist.
In addition to his wife, Inta, John is survived by his son, James Tannehill, of Lancaster; grandson, Ryan Tannehill; brothers: Robert Tannehill, husband of Barbara Tull, of Delaware, OH and Bruce Tannehill, husband of Gail Cleveland, of Whitefish, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life Service for John will be held at 2PM, Friday, June 30, 2017 at Willow Valley Lakes Auditorium, 300 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in John’s memory be made to the Early American Industry Association, PO Box 524, Hebron, MD 21830-0524, or any other historical societies.

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July 01, 2017

Goodbye, John. I will miss you. You were a kind person. You were a good scholar too. Your talent was recognized by Swarthmore and Princeton. I remember you were well regarded by your students. We were good friends for many years. My condolence to the family of John!
Manwoo Lee

July 01, 2017

Professor – Sorry to hear of your passing. Ironically you died the same year as our Republic. 
You were my Scopes and Methods prof and the Chair. You had to cope with unruly cohort and my friend Gerry Weinberger and students like Bruce Speck and I.
I went on to do grad work at Duke and later got am MA CPhil and PhD at UCLA. I have been told I was the first Millersville student to get a Poli Sci PhD.
You taught with a quiet calm dignity. 
Glenn Stephens PhD

June 30, 2017

Hi Inta,
Sorry to learn of Johns passing.  I haven’t been in contact with him as much  since my relocation to Harveys Lake, and I am sure he didn’t mind me leaving Lancaster Co. , so he would have less competion at the local auction scene.  Without a doubt we were each others nemisis when a good tool would show up , but, that was O.K. because it was going to a good home and to someone that would appreciate a piece of history.!!!  I will always appreciate and thank John and You for all the research and “digging”” to uncover who made a tool and which mark came first etc.  May Johns research continue!!! ?
A TOOL Buddy
Jason Miller

June 28, 2017

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Both in the political area and tool collecting area – he was a person looked up to for knowledge and history.  John will be missed.
Carol and Don Stark

Friday, June 30, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Willow Valley Lakes Auditorium
300 Willow Valley Lakes Dr.
Willow Street, PA 17584
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