W&L Alum Harry Neel Dies at 103

Dr. Harry Neel (Photo by Brie Cohen for Albert Lea Tribune)

Dr. Harry Neel (Photo by Brie Cohen for Albert Lea Tribune)

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.

2 Responses to “W&L Alum Harry Neel Dies at 103”


  1. 1 Alvin Townley October 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I also have to add that Dr. Neel was America’s “Senior” Eagle Scout. A great example…

  2. 2 Jane Smith October 23, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Dr. Neel was the oldest living alumnus of Washington and Lee. He was a very dear man and will be missed. We would exchange emails, can you believe that… at his age he used the internet.


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