JOHN “CHIP” HARKNESS,
Harvard ‘38 was in a debate at age 85 at
Harvard with an EIWA fan, who challenged him: “What do you
know about wrestling?” John retorted: “I'm a national
champion -- what have you done?” He learned
his debater was Lehigh national champ, Billy Stuart. Harkness
received a similar tip of cap in 2004 when Jesse Jantzen raised his
hand raised to him in 2004 as the second Crimson NCAA
champion. John placed third in the 1936 Easterns, then won by
avenging a semis loss to the defending champion. “Chip”
won Nationals in 1938 by beating a 2-time Oklahoma runner-up.
Harkness added a master's in 1941 at Harvard's School of Design. He served in the American Field Service and was an ambulance driver in WW II at the Battle of Casino. Harkness joined others including wife, Sally, to form The Architect's Collaborative (“TAC).” They designed buildings of global repute in postwar modernism. The organization was unique for its team approach and pioneering design of “green” buildings. Harkness designed many school buildings and served 50 years. His wife’s passing at age 98 in 2013 was featured in the Boston Globe. As of 2014 John still resides in Vinalhaven, ME, in their house they designed in 1948.