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W&L Alum Harry Neel Dies at 103

Last April, we blogged about Dr. Harry Neel, a member of the Class of 1928 who was featured in a story that appeared in the Albert Lea Tribune in Albert Lea, Minn. Sadly, the same newspaper reported that Harry died on Wednesday after suffering a broken hip on Sunday. Here’s a tribute to Harry published on Saturday. Last May more than 1,000 people had celebrated Harry’s 103rd birthday at the kickoff of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project, and he was also the grand marshal for this summer’s Third of July Parade. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Harry went to medical school at Johns Hopkins and then joined the Mayo Clinic as a fellow in surgery in 1936 and then settled Albert Lea in 1940. In the slide show of images from the first story, you’ll see a shot of Harry’s W&L diploma and the hat with the Trident from his 75th reunion.