Harry B. Wassell, also known as "The Duke" at Radnor High School, was born in Westpoint, PA in 1916. He one of six children, including his brothers Frank, Charles and George, who also attended Radnor High School and went on to serve in the United States' military.
During Mr. Wassell’s time at Radnor, he was a member of the Debating Club and the French Club and played football and track. He planned to attend the University of Pennsylvania, but instead went to the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
On March 10, 1942, three years after he graduated from Michigan with a civil engineering degree, Mr. Wassell enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in Fairfield, CT. During the war, he was part of the 63rd Ferrying Squadron and transported plane parts to the United Kingdom for support.
Sadly, Mr. Wassell died in an airplane accident on July 10, 1943 during a flight from Greenland to Iceland.