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Athletic Hall of Fame

Samuel Park Harman

Samuel Park Harman


At Rochester:

  • An outstanding basketball player as an undergraduate, considered one of the finest players in the nation
  • Selected for the All-East Team in his senior year
  • Newspaper clippings announcing the selection called him "…Small in stature and very light, he is a giant in basketball ability…"
  • Selected by the New York basketball writers to the All-America team in 1910
  • Captained the team in his final season and helped the squad attain a record of 17-2 which stood as the single-season victory record for 51 years
  • He coached the following season (1910-11, 5-11 record)


  • Worked as a labor mediator in the 1930s with extensive travel on the East Coast
  • One of the first employees of the Social Security Administration
  • In 1937, he served as the regional representative of that administration in New York until he was transferred to the Bureau of Employment Security in Boston in 1945
  • Served as President of the National Association of Retired Persons
  • In later years, helped the elderly with their federal taxes
  • Active with the Red Cross and the United Fund
  • He passed away on June 12, 1974