John Frederick Harlan Jr., a former administrator at the University of Virginia Medical Center, died on Sept. 19 in Charlottesville. He was 85.
Following his return to Virginia after serving in the Army in World War II, Harlan earned a B.A. in psychology from U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences in 1950 and a master's degree in hospital administration from the Medical College of Virginia in 1951.
During Harlan's tenure at the Medical Center, he occupied several key administrative posts and assumed many responsibilities. He began his career there in 1951 as an administrative assistant and in 1954 was appointed assistant director of the Medical Center. From 1958 until 1981, he served as associate director and then director of the hospital. From 1981 until his retirement in 1990, he served as assistant vice president for allied health sciences.