Harry Pitt, PhD
Raised in Spring Valley, NY, Harry Pitt played football, wrestled and ran track in high school. He attended George Washington University from 1947 – 51 where he played guard for GW’s football team. After serving as a Platoon Leader in Korea, he became an assistant coach for the GW football team. Harry later became an assistant high school football coach, and head wrestling coach at Washington Lee, and was one of the first wrestling coaches to introduce weightlifting to his team. He led his team to an undefeated season in 1958 and to the school’s first State Championship in 1959. Harry was well into his 70s when he began competing in power lifting competitions with his son and grandson. He placed first in the 181-pound class in 2007 at age 77 and in 2010 at age 80. An avid Washington area sports fan, Harry spent more than 50 years in the DC area where he met his wife. They raised three children in the Silver Spring and then Bethesda areas. He worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for more than 30 years culminating in his role as superintendent from 1987 to 1991. Until his death in 2011, Harry was a regular at the JCCGW where he worked out at least five days a week. Harry is survived by his three children and six grandchildren.
Of blessed memory.