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Henry Lee “Hank” Harrison, Beta Phi ’56

Brother Henry Lee “Hank” Harrison, Beta Phi ’56, a former Consul, chapter adviser and a highly decorated career in the U.S. Army, entered Chapter Eternal on February 10, 2017. He was 82.

When Brother Harrison graduated from Tucson High School in 1952, he headed across the street to enroll at the University of Arizona and soon pledged Sigma Chi. In addition to Consul, he was selected the Sigma Chi Province Balfour Award winner. He also served as chapter advisor to the Gamma Eta Chapter at the University of Idaho. He was inaugurated into the Hall of Honor in 2013.

On campus, Brother Harrison served the University of Arizona as student body vice president, president of the Interfraternity Council and president of the Western Regional Interfraternity Regional Council. He also was a member in Sophos, Chain Gang and Blue Key. After graduating with a liberal arts degree from the UA, he worked on a master’s program in education.

In 1957 he entered active duty as a second lieutenant in the Army based on his participation in the UA’s Reserve Officers Training Corps. Brother Harrison spent 29 years in the U.S. Army before retiring as a full colonel in 1986.

During his active duty he served one tour of duty in Vietnam and was awarded two Bronze Stars. He later was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit award and an Army Commendation medal. Upon his retirement from the military, he worked as a computer program manager for two companies in Fairfax, Va., for seven years.

In 2004, he and his wife, Joan, moved to Green Valley, Ariz. They had been married 56 years. He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.

 He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

All Honor to His Name.