LHPF honors the late George and Harry Widener on the 112th anniversary of the Titanic disaster

The Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation (LHPF) honored the late George Dunton Widener (above left), his son Harry Elkins Widener (above right), and their valet Edwin Keeping, each of whom passed away aboard the RMS Titanic 112 years ago on April 15.

The Elkins Park residents were among the 1,517 people who died in the North Atlantic Ocean that day. George’s wife, Eleanor Elkins Widener, and her lady’s maid Amalie Geiger survived.

From LHPF’s post:

The loss of George and Harry Widener forever altered the future of Lynnewood Hall and today we remember the accomplishments in their lives and how loved they were by both friends and family.

George was a tremendous businessman and had taken over running most of the family assets from his father, Peter A.B. Widener Sr. He was highly regarded as a fair, gracious, and generous man. He was just rising to the peak of his career when his life was taken.

Harry at just 27 had become one of the most renown bibliophiles in the world and had amassed a world class collection of books at Lynnewood Hall totaling more than 3,500 volumes. He was one of the most noted bibliophiles of the era and his books collection now lives on in perpetuity at Harvard.

Today we remember the lives of all those who lost their lives on Titanic.

May all who perished that night rest in eternal peace.

Check out Titanic: Honor and Glory’s recently-released video of the ship sinking in real-time:

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Photos: LHPF