1923 - 2018
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SHARP, Jr., Henry Henry Sharp, Jr., 94, was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 14, 1923, the elder son of Henry and Jessie Kerr Sharp. He married Victoria H. Alexander in 1957, daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. John M. Alexander of Atlanta, Georgia. He is survived by his son Henry Kerr Sharp, Ph.D., of Charlottesville, VA, and his daughter Margaret Lewis Sharp, R.N., of Crested Butte, CO. Hank graduated in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University after having served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in World War II. Duke University awarded him a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1952. He taught for three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by twenty-seven years on the faculty of Emory University. In 1983, he accepted the Rupert and Lillian Radford Chair of Mathematics at Washington and Lee University, where he remained as Head of the Mathematics Department until retirement in 1991. Among his many activities in retirement, Hank volunteered as a mentor/tutor in the Lexington and Rockbridge County public schools, where he earned the esteem of many young students, parents, and teachers. He served as treasurer and board member for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, and was a founding board member for the Kendal at Lexington Retirement Community, where he and his wife were among the first residents. He will be missed by his many loving friends and family. A memorial service will be held at Lexington Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon, September 29, at 2pm, with a reception to follow at Kendal Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to the Rockbridge Area Hospice, the Kendal Fellowship Fund, or the donor's charity of preference. Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 26, 2018.
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Dear Members of the Family, and Friends, of Dr. Henry Sharp,
My wife Linda and I send condolences and prayers of comfort to you on the loss of Dr. Sharp. We met Dr. Sharp during the spring of 1966, when we traveled to Emory University to look the university over as a place where I might work on my Ph. D. in mathematics. I had applied to several other universities, including Duke and Princeton. Emory was just beginning a graduate program leading to the Ph. D. degree, and one of my professors at Wake Forest University had urged me to consider it. One of the first people with whom we visited was Dr. Sharp. He was the antithesis of the stereotypical graduate mathematician: warm, welcoming, interested in us, possessed of a great sense of humor, fatherly and big-brotherly in his attitude toward us. We left his office in Thompson Hall thinking, If this man is emblematic of the Emory graduate mathematics faculty, this is where we want to be for the next three or more years.
We chose Emory, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Although I never had Dr. Sharp as a professor or advisor (he was an algebraist and I gravitated toward analysis), we remained friends throughout the five years that it took me to grow from bachelor's-degree holder to Ph. D. recipient. He was indeed an excellent model of the attitude of the entire department toward us graduate students. His most outstanding trait was always, besides his mathematical prowess, his humanity and normality, the highest compliments that can be paid in a profession with more than its share of eccentric, self-absorbed, and even weird characters.
Without the personal attention and compassion to which Dr. Sharp introduced us in 1965, and which he and the rest of the department continued to display throughout our time at Emory, I seriously doubt that I would have ever earned the Ph. D. to begin with, much less have enjoyed the 47-year career of studying and teaching mathematics from which I will retire in July of 2019. Linda and I have a warm spot in our hearts in which Dr. Henry Sharp will dwell forever.

Lee and Linda May
Lee May
September 29, 2018
Keeping your family in the light at this difficult time. Love, Brett
Brett Samuels
September 29, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Henry. He was a wonderful man and a true spirit. My thoughts are with you all in this time.
warm regards,
Cathy in Basel
cathy sharp
September 27, 2018
You are in our prayers as you go through this hard time. Henry was an amazing man and a true gentleman.
Cayley Sharp
September 27, 2018
We send our condolences to your family. Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted -Matt 5:4
September 26, 2018
We send our condolences to your family. Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted -Matt 5:4
September 26, 2018
We send our condolences to your family. Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted -Matt 5:4
September 26, 2018
I am deeply sorry for your loss, l hope the family finds comfort in Philippines 4:6, 7
September 26, 2018
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