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April 15, 2008 7:25 PM

Husky great Harrison passes away

Posted by Bob Condotta

Walter B. Harrison, who was captain of the 1942 Huskies and winner of the 1941 Guy Flaherty Award, has passed away due to complications of a fall. He was 87 when he died on April 6.

Here's a story detailing his induction into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1999.

But Harrison's allegiance to the Dawgs didn't end when his playing days did.

His grandson, Nathaniel, said Harrison attended every Husky home game for 72 years other than years he spent serving in the Marine Corps in World War II. The streak was still alive at the time of his death.

He was a graduate of Roosevelt High and entered UW in 1939, lettering on the 1940, 1941 and 1942 teams.

The 1940 team finished a game away from a Rose Bowl berth, going 7-1 in conference play, the only loss a 20-10 defeat to conference winner Stanford in Palo Alto. UW allowed only 35 points in eight conference games that season.

The 1941 team finished 5-4 and tied with WSU for second in the conference while the 1942 team was 4-3-3.

Harrison was named to the All-Coast team and was a second-team All-American and was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round. But he entered the Marine Corps, instead, serving in Guam and Tinian, according to his grandson. After the war he returned to Seattle and worked primarily selling cars.

According to the book "The Glory of Washington,'' Harrison was known for his versatility, playing every position but guard and halfback. When the school named an All-Time All-Husky team in 1950 Harrison received the second-most votes behind George Wilson.

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