Born: September 8, 1898
Died: February 25, 1998
Ohio connection: Birth
Harlan Henthorne Hatcher, son of Robert Elison and Linda (Leslie) Hatcher, was born in 1898 in Ironton, Ohio. He received an A.B. in 1922, an A.M. in 1923, and a Ph.D. in 1927, all from Ohio State University. He served in the United States Army in 1918, and in the Naval Reserve, 1942-44. After the death of his first wife, he married Anne Gregory Vance in 1942. They had two children, Robert Leslie and Anne Linda. Hatcher served Ohio State University as assistant professor and professor of English, 1928-51; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1944-48; and vice-president of the University, 1948-51. He then moved to the University of Michigan, where he served as president, 1951-67, and president emeritus until his death. He wrote a number of books on the Great Lakes region, including The Buckeye Country: A Pageant of Ohio; The Ohio Guide; The Great Lakes; Lake Erie; and A Pictorial History of the Great Lakes. He also wrote Tunnel Hill and Patterns of Wolfpen and contributed articles and fiction to numerous journals. Harlan Hatcher died February 25, 1998 in Michigan.
Ohio Governor’s Award, 1949; Ohioana Grand Medal, 1950; Commander, Order of Orange Nassau (Netherlands), 1952; Star of Italian Solidarity, 1962; Second Order of Merit with the Middle Cordon of the Rising Sun (Japan), 1962; Companion, Order of the White Elephant (Thailand), 1965; Wolverine Frontiersman Award. Twenty eight honorary degrees from universities and colleges in United States, Mexico, and Japan, including Ohio State University, New York University, University of California, Berkeley, and National University of Mexico.