Henry O. “Hank” Lumb, Jr. ’53 and a founding father of Delta Psi of Sigma Chi at RPI on 12/2/1950, was Consul, and passed into the Chapter Eternal on March 12, 2017.
Hank Lumb was President of Sigma Chi 1952-1953. I believe he was one of the first members of Sigma Chi when it was changed from its predecessor (Phi Epsilon Phi) He left at the end of his senior year – (read “having too much fun”) – and was drafted into the army as an MP for two years. The army stint made him buckle down to his studies and he finished RPI in 1956 with respectable grades. I’ve known him since we were 15 years old and attending the same school. He’s missed by anyone who knew him, especially me.
Hank Lumb, age 85, husband of Joan Lumb of Singer Island and father of Pete Lumb of Jupiter died on March 12, 2017, as the result of a massive stroke that occurred sixty hours earlier. His two grandchildren, Stephanie and Justin Lumb, as well as Kimberly Clements also survive him. Born in Schenectady, NY to Henry O. Lumb, Sr. and Hazel Cluett Lumb, he lived most of his young life in Haddon Heights, NJ. After a two year stint as an MP in the US Army, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1953. After graduation he was employed by RCA in Camden, NJ as a mechanical engineer. In 1968 he was transferred to RCA in Palm Beach Gardens. After RCA closed its doors, Hank went into the steel fabricating business for several years, until an opportunity opened for him at Siemens Corporation in Boca Raton where he remained from 1980 to 1993 when he retired. When Hank and Joan moved from Haddonfield, NJ they took with them their sailboat and joined the Palm Beach Sailing Club competing in races. Hank took up rowing with the Palm Beach Rowing Association where he was an honorary life member. Upon retirement he built an airplane, a Van’s RV-6A. The end result was a speedy little aircraft and enduring friendships. Hank and Joan, married nearly sixty years, met as teenagers at Moorestown Friends School, which has continued to mean a great deal to both of them. If you wish to remember Hank, a donation to Moorestown Friends School, 110 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057 would be meaningful and most appreciated. A memorial gathering will be at a future date.
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