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Robert Harmon
Robert Harmon

Track (Inducted 1960)


Robert Harmon (MD `29), was an outstanding pole vaulter and runner for GW's track team while he attended medical school at night. In 1920, the Cherry Tree commented that Harmon was considered one of the three best half-milers in the country. In 1924, he vaulted 10-feet-6 inches to win the interclass track competition; in 1925, he vaulted the same height to win another competition.

Harmon earned his undergraduate degree at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where he held a Southern Conference record for pole vaulting, then taught and coached at Columbia Junior High School and was later principal at Rockville High School. Harmon became an obstetrician-gynecologist-pediatrician and member of GW's medical faculty as well as a University physician. Harmon also directed GW's Men's and Women's Glee Clubs for some 40 years and founded the University Travelling Troubadours in addition to several other Washington choruses and musical organizations. He served as president of GW's General Alumni Association and received the GW Alumni Achievement Award in 1949.

Harmon was married to Grace Ruble, and they had two daughters.

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