Hart Scholarship Fund
By Henry Hart
Enlisted as a private in the army in 1942, Henry Hart served with the 41st Infantry Division as a rifle platoon leader in Mindanao, the Philippine Islands, and Japan. He reentered the army in 1950 for the Korean War and served with the Connecticut National Guard’s 102nd Infantry Division, at Camp Pickett, Virginia, Alaska and Augsburg, Germany. He remained with the Army National Guard for a total of 22 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
After graduating from Yale in 1949 as a civil engineer, Hart was an engineer for the First Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan searching for prehistoric man for the American Museum of Natural History of New York. He then worked on building the world’s largest earth filled dam, the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River in North Dakota.
After the Cold War duty in Germany, he built his own home in Woodbury, and worked for Scovill Manufacturing Company in Waterbury where he became Chief Engineer for the General Manufacturing Division. Beginning in 1957, he planted and sold Christmas trees for forty years on Quanopaug Trail. When Scovill ceased, Hart designed waste treatment systems for cleaning up Connecticut’s rivers. With this experience he was hired by the General Electric Company, Bridgeport, to clean up their pollution.
In 1976, Hart, a professional engineer and registered land surveyor, formed his own engineering and surveying business in Woodbury where he helped build the town’s Hollow Park, was chairman, while on the Board of Education, of building Nonnewaug High School, worked on Bethlehem’s Memorial Hall, and Taft School’s new gym and Science building. He was active in both the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors and the Surveyors’ Proprietors Council of Northwest Connecticut.
Having been an Eagle Scout in Minneapolis, Hart reentered scouting in 1961 in Troop 54, North Church, serving as assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, Mattatuck Council vice president and troop committeeman for nearly forty years. He was also active in Woodbury Little League where he coached and then became president. In the North Church, he served as treasurer for five years and later designed the new parking lot. With his wife, Hart donated 100 acres of open space to Flanders Nature Center. He wrote one book: “A Road Less Traveled.” In 1999 both he and his wife Virginia were awarded Woodbury’s Bernard Rosenberg Volunteer citation.
Mr. Hart has
been a trustee for the Woodbury Scholarship Fund since
1998. He has been primarily responsible for developing
many of the endowed scholarships providing funds for