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Hank Lilienthal
5/10/39 – 1/11/98
Company B-1

Hank Lilienthal

Class Memorial Pages\B-1 Hank Lilienthal.pdf

It is with much regret and deep sorrow that we report the passing of Henry E. “Hank” Lilienthal (B-1).

Hank died on Sunday, January 11th at 15:15, after waging a courageous battle for life against a brain tumor, as reported earlier by Marty Ganderson in ASSEMBLY.

There was never a question in Hank’s mind but that he would meet head-on the greatest challenge of his life and do everything possible to beat the odds. Like Mike Younkin who predeceased him, Hank underwent extensive and sometimes experimental treatment at NIH ... and throughout this last year never failed to keep his sense of humor or demonstrate his obvious love and concern for the Lady of his Life, Carolyn.

We are grateful for all our classmates in the Washington area who were able to be with Hank and his family during this prolonged and difficult period ... to share their friendship and demonstrate their personal concern, support and love ... especially those who were with Hank and Carolyn last Sunday afternoon when his battle finally ended.

Residing in Springfield VA and working for Defense Programs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Hank was a quiet man, not given to many words. But his succinct biographical submission entered into the Network ’61 Class Directory tells us a great deal about “ ... the Man, Henry E. Lilienthal.”

Hank wrote as follows:

“After Germany, Princeton, Viet Nam, the Social Sciences Department and my resignation in 1971, I ended up being in continual contact with the military through my civilian job in OMB. I salute the Class for its outstanding role in Desert Storm and in winning the Cold War !”

It is now time that we, your classmates, salute you ... Henry E. “Hank” Lilienthal ... Classmate, Cadet Scholar, Soldier, Educator, distinguished Civil Servant to your Country and the Profession of Arms ... and dear Friend. Individually, we shall not focus on our sorrow at your passing but shall instead take heart, gaining strength ourselves from your personal courage and example set during this past year.

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you, Hank ... may He give Strength to those whom you love ... Carolyn, your sons and their families; Scott, Holly and Madeline (8-mos); John and Veronique. May they and all those who know and love you take great Comfort in the knowledge that you “stood tall” throughout your entire life ... to the very end.

“Well done, Hank ... ” You shall indeed be missed by us all. Until we each assume with you our own inevitable position in The Long Gray Line, “ ... be thou at rest!”

Notes or calls of sympathy and condolence may be directed to:

Carolyn Lilienthal & Family
6003 Roxbury Avenue
Springfield, VA 2215-1619

TEL: 703-569-4867



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