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Harry Bernat AMP ’44

Harry was a member of Reed’s premeteorology program during his service with the air force and a graduate with distinction of the University of Minnesota, where he also earned an MA in public administration. He worked as an assistant to the chief scientist for research and development in the Defense Communications Agency in Washington, D.C., and was vice president for Manna Financial Planning Corporation, as well as an independent financial planner. He was selected for the Congressional Fellowship Program and worked at the Democratic National Headquarters on legislation and committee hearings. He taught financial planning and public speaking, including at Washington Saturday College, which recognized his contribution by conferring on him an LHD. Harry held office and received numerous awards as a volunteer, including with Toastmasters International. He and his wife, Frances, also were volunteers with the Minnesota State Society. Harry was an exceptional athlete into his late years, demonstrating prowess in everything from track to tennis, and bowling to basketball. He was captain of several tennis teams and participated in Senior Olympics events in Virginia and Maryland, where he earned dozens of gold medals, and he also competed and earned gold medals in National Senior Olympics competitions. A dedicated volunteer for Reed, he was recognized for superior service to alumni relations in 2004. “I am so proud to be associated with Reed,” he wrote. Harry and Fran had three daughters. Survivors include Fran and Harry’s sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2015

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