Dr. Herbert W. Harmon
Dr. Herbert W. Harmon coached football and baseball at Grove City College from 1906 to 1916 and compiled one of the finest aggregate coaching records in College history during that decade.
In 10 seasons as head football coach, Harmon guided Grove City to a 43-21-6 overall record. The 1911 team went 8-0-1 and did not surrender a point.
Grove City recorded 12 consecutive shutouts over the 1910, 1911 and 1912 seasons and had 29 shutouts during a 38-game span from 1909 to 1913.
The Wolverine baseball program also flourished under Harmon's leadership, compiling a 111-66 overall record. The 1912 team lost just once in 18 games that season.
Dr. Harmon also taught physics at the College and his athletic teams benefitted from his instructional abilities. His use of blackboard comprehension surpassed any of the other coaches in the district at that time.
Born December 15, 1871 in Geneva, N.Y., Harmon graduated from Hobart College with a bachelor's degree in 1893. He excelled in football, gymnastics and baseball at Hobart.
Harmon later excelled as a shortstop for the Cornell University baseball team and earned a bachelor of science there in 1895. Two years later, he completed his master's degree at Cornell.
After seven years of coaching and teaching at California State (Pa.) Normal School, Harmon came to Grove City in 1906. His professorship lasted until he retired in 1946.
Harmon pioneered radio broadcasting in the United States as his first station was installed in 1914. In 1920, he built a three-tube radio transmitter that Grove City President Weir C. Ketler used to address the New Castle Rotary Club.
Harmon is also credited with taking the first X-ray picture in the United States, achieving that distinction in September 1896.
He passed away September 22, 1956 at age 84, ending a wonderful life of devotion to his family, church, academics and science.