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date: 17 January 2020

Harlow, Richard Cressonlocked

(19 October 1889–19 February 1962)
  • Tim Ashwell


Harlow, Richard Cresson (19 October 1889–19 February 1962), football coach and naturalist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Louis Francis Harlow and Eugenia Pritchett. As a child he developed a lifelong fascination with birds and hoped to pursue a career in nature studies. After graduating from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia in 1908, he enrolled at Pennsylvania State College intending to devote himself to scientific studies. When Harlow single-handedly thrashed several sophomores who had broken some birds’ eggs he had collected, his classmates convinced the strapping freshman to try out for the football team. Harlow subsequently earned honors as a tackle and played baseball and track; he also won the campus light heavyweight boxing championship. He earned his B.S. in 1912 and his M.S. in zoology in 1913. After graduation he remained at Penn State as assistant football coach, boxing coach, and zoology instructor. Harlow married Lila Naivette “Nippy” Gilpin in 1914, and they had one child....

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