Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Memorial Service For Hart

Today a memorial service was held for Hart Perry at Kent School in Connecticut. Hart was among other things a rowing coach at Kent for more than 30 years. Kent School was very much Hart's school. At several occasions I have met old Kent rowers who had Hart as their coach, and it is touching to hear how much they truly loved Hart. I have also heard Hart telling stories about his crews at Kent, and how he loved his boys and girls who rowed for him, because I believe that they all rowed as much for Hart as the rowing for their school. I am sorry to say that I was not able to attend the service for Hart at Kent School.

In the May issue of Rowing News (which is already out) Andy Anderson - 'Doctor Rowing' - has a eminent piece about Hart, "Pure Hart", where he writes: "Hart Perry's life is a wonderful testament to what we all know about rowing - that we are in it together". Beautiful written, is it not?

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