As most of the rowing community knows by now, W. Hart Perry passed away on February 3. Hart was a friend and mentor, and a leader in our sporting community. His vision for the sport of rowing in the United States has provided athletes at all levels new and exciting opportunities to compete internationally, while broadening our own network at home through history, education, and fellowship. As a National Team athlete, I knew Hart primarily as the Executive Director of the National Rowing Foundation, and as America’s only Henley Steward. His action and support of National Team programs enabled my teammates and myself to compete at Henley and at various World Cup regattas during my time with the Team, as well as providing critical resources for us at the World Championships and Olympic Games. Hart’s passing will be deeply felt throughout the rowing community, but especially by his friends on the National Team and at the NRF.
Many of the athletes currently training at CVOTC were fortunate enough to know Hart personally, and we are all grieving for his passing. Hart is survived by his lovely wife and partner in crime, Gillian Perry, who will continue Hart’s work with the NRF. We took a few moments last night to record a message for Gill and the NRF to show our love and support during this difficult time.
More info on an athlete’s initiative endowment in honor of Hart to come.
Long Live the memory of Hart,