Story of Fund
Harold Baxter Black served in the United States Navy for 27 years, including tours in Korea and with both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army in Vietnam. He took pride in training the young men who served with him. In 1993, he moved to the State College area with his wife, Barbara Sherlock. He was a member of the State College Elks Lodge 1600, serving as Exalted Ruler twice. Harold was involved with a wide range of Elks' programs, including support for youth sports, assistance for those with disabilities through the Elks' Home Service program, and the holiday collection and distribution of toys and food to local families in need in collaboration with the State College Food Bank and the Nittany Leathernecks Toys for Tots program.
A shipmate of Bos’n Black wrote, “The Boatswain’s Mate…represents the best of old marlin spike seamanship… Hal had mastered the fine art of leadership in which he could weave the sometimes harsh high expectations of uncompromising excellence in technical performance without sacrificing his true character as a gentleman…he was not above being stern or demanding when the situation required it, but the sun never set on his wrath and the sensitive man inside would always soften the rough edge he had shown…”.