by Ann Souder
to its many services to seafarers, the Seamen’s Church Institute
has unveiled its new Library for Mariners.
May 13th, the Institute held a ceremony
and plaque dedication naming its library after long time supporter
and sailing luminary Henry H. “Harry” Anderson Jr.
Citing his many years of service to the Institute
and a host of other maritime institutions in Newport and across
the world, President of the Board of Trustees, Richard Grosvenor,
said the Board voted unanimously to recognize its fellow member
“Harry has given an enormous amount
of time to many organizations, including the Seamen’s Church
is a fixture in the sailing community, where he is internationally
known and respected. He epitomizes so many of the best attributes
of people who are tied to the sea. I can’t imagine a more
deserving individual for this honor.”
Anderson has spent
70 years racing, organizing and volunteering in the sailing
community. He sailed at his alma mater, Yale University, and later
served in the Army in World War II. He tried out for the 1960 Olympics
in the Finn class. Anderson has raced his own boats to numerous
awards and was involved with America’ Cup
races from 1958 until just recently, serving as head of the
Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Library for Mariners provides a comfortable
setting for mariners where they can read books and periodicals
on marine topics and gain access to the Internet through computer
stations and WiFi.
He was head of the United States Yacht Racing
Union, the predecessor to US Sailing. Anderson came to Newport
in the 1970’s
and has remained here since. He is involved with the American Sail
Training Association and the Museum of Yachting, is a former commodore
of the New York and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Clubs, and was
vice president of the International Yacht Racing Union.
Anderson is spearheading the Seamen’s Church Institute’s
capital campaign, which hopes to raise $2.5 million for improvements to the Institute’s
building as well as an endowment for future maintenance. The campaign has already
netted $800,000 and Phase I renovations have recently been completed.
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