Profiles

Henry Kabernagel

Harry was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. His citation is below:

The reemergence after World War II of lacrosse as a varsity sport on the Washington College campus took time and patience. Those first squad members made sacrifices in order to place a team on the field and compete against teams with established programs.

Harry Kabernagel was one of those who made significant contributions to the sport when it was still in club status. Coach Charles B. Clark ‘34 has often referred to Kabernagel as “a playing coach on the field,” indicating that such a player by his presence, manner and confidence inspires others to play well and by his example leads others to perform to their ability.

Harry played all four years for a Shoremen lacrosse team that won 42 games and lost only eight. He was a starting defenseman, consistently charged with the responsibility of guarding the opponent’s top offensive attackman. He received the Wolman Award as the team’s most valuable player in 1951, and that same year was named to the third team All-American Squad when there was only one All-American squad selected from all divisions. He was chosen to play in the annual North/South All-Star Lacrosse Game.

He also played football in 1948 as an offensive end, and was active on campus, serving as vice-president of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and as a member of the Varsity Club.

Harry retired in 1988 from the F.M.C. Corporation, after working 34 years in production and as senior environmental engineer. He has also been active as the president of the Southern Lacrosse Referees Association and as a coach of youth football.

Washington College considers it a privilege to induct Harry F. Kabernagel into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this fifth day of October, 1990.