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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: September 13, 1925
Date of death: August 4, 1951
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1947 Rathbone LB.jpg

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Henry Brownell Rathbone

Providence, Rhode Island

We are convinced that the combination of Rhode Island and Harvard can turn out a rather ultra product. When it comes to excelling, Hank is way ahead, be it at academics, dragging, or bridge. But his specialty is baseball, about which he is ready to converse long and hard at any time. Almost any happy hour you can find him mauling over the sporting news or defiantly defending his favorite team, even though it usually ends up in the lower brackets. Hank's various talents have won him a great popularity, his sincerity and frankness have won him the everlasting friendship of those who are his classmates.

He was a member of the soccer team.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Henry crashed on takeoff due to partial power failure of his F4U-4 Corsair fighter from USS Boxer (CV 21) on August 4, 1951.

He has a memory marker in Rhode Island.

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Joseph Melesky ’47 and Roy Anderson ’47 were also members of the soccer team.

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Henry is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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