A Legend in His Own Mind
The short life and mysterious death of Adirondack writer Harry V. Radford
by Christine Jerome
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Harry Vincent Radford was born in Manhattan in 1880 and was quite young when his parents separated. An only child, he lived in a comfortable brownstone with his doting mother and spent idyllic summers with her in the Adirondacks. He fell in love with the outdoors and dreamed of becoming an explorer like his hero Sir Henry Stanley, whose African exploits fired his imagination. Young Harry was a staunch Catholic educated by the Christian Brothers at De La Salle Institute and then at Manhattan College, where he edited the student news paper, belonged to the glee and mandolin clubs, and grad uated with a master’s of science in 1901. Affluent enough to indulge his curiosity about the Continent, he spent several postgrad months in Italy but asserted that the Adirondacks was just as beautiful. In 1906 he returned to his alma ma ter to earn an advanced degree in civil engineering with a thesis titled “The Artificial Preservation of Timber,” which described timber rot, borers and the creosoting pro cess. That year he founded, with six undergraduates, the fraternity Alpha Sigma Beta, which survives to this day.
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Radford, Harry Vincent [MC???? RIP]
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The article states that he was a member of the class of 1901.
May He Continue To Rest In Peace
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Radford, Harry Vincent [MC1901 RIP]
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