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H. Struve Hensel ’22

Published in Nov. 6, 1991, issue

STRUVE HENSEL died in Boca Raton, Fla., of heart failure, after a long battle against nerve disease and emphysema. He had moved from New Jersey in the fall of 1990 and was comfortably settled in a lovely new home in Deerfield Beach. Struve was a former Class president, Memorial Fund chairman, and Class representative of the graduate council.

He graduated from Columbia Law School and joined Cravath Swaine. He later joined Milbank Tweed, where he stayed until 1940. He was called to Washington to organize and serve as first chief of the Navy legal division for procurement, and was appointed general counsel to the Navy, His procurement work led to a dispute with the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954, over conflict of interest charges. These charges were dismissed by a Senate subcommittee.

After the war, his career alternated between a corporate and international private law practice in N.Y.C. and Washington, and service with the Dept. of Defense between 1952 and 1955. Struve remained active in law until he moved to Florida. His wife predeceased him in 1987. Struve is survived by his brother Paul '28, nephew Russell '67, stepdaughter Joan Howe, and his step-grandson Christian Howe '90.

The Class of 1922

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