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Henry Rowland Cornwall ’35 *47

Published in Dec. 3, 1997, issue

Hank Cornwall died Sept. 18, 1997, in Concord, Mass., after a long illness. He was 84. A native of Middlebury, Vt., he came to Princeton from the Gunnery School in Connecticut, where he captained the hockey, football, and tennis teams. At Princeton he roomed with his cousin Cornwall Hastings '35, and was active in tennis and with the Glee Club. He majored in geology and went back to Princeton to earn a PhD in 1947.

Hank ran the family farm in Middlebury for several years after graduation. He had time to win the Vermont state tennis title three times. He then migrated to California and started a lifetime career with the U.S. Geological Survey as a mining engineer and petrologist, living in Palo Alto for 16 years and Menlo Park for 20. He authored a number of articles and books pertaining to geology, specializing in the study of copper, nickel, and selenium. He did field work throughout the U.S., as well as in Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

He married Marion "Mimi" Russell in 1937 and they had three children, Robert, Richard '62 (now a professor of economics at Middlebury College), and Susan, and also six grandchildren. The class sends its deepest sympathy to all.

The Class of 1935

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