Varner, Harry Howard

Title

Varner, Harry Howard

Last Name

Varner

First and Middle Name

Harry Howard

Biographical Text

Harry Howard Varner was born in Warrenton, Virginia, on December 18, 1885 to John David Varner and Leila Mortimor Ramey. While attending VPI, Varner participated in many activities such as editor of the “Gray Jacket,” member of the baseball, track, and football teams, business manager of The Bugle, member of fraternities Delta Tau Delta and Phi Rho Sigma, among other clubs, graduating in 1907 with a degree in civil engineering. Varner was also educated at the University of Virginia where he received a B.A. and M.D., and practiced as a physician before entering the service on April 21st, 1917, in New York City. He then served as a medic in the Army. Retiring as a Captain in June of 1919, Varner lead the rest of his life in El Paso, Texas, as a physician, where he died in 1970 of prostate cancer.

Hometown

Warrenton

County and/or State

Virginia

Birth Date

18 Dec. 1885

Birthplace

Warrenton, Virginia

Death Date

3 Nov. 1970

Cause of Death

Pulmonary Congestion from Prostate Cancer

Place of Death

El Paso, Texas

Parents

Father: John David Varner
Mother: Leila Mortimor Ramey

Spouse(s)

Susan Chapman Peacock Varner
Mary Thornton Varner

Children

Mary Blackleck Varner
Margaret Varner
John David Varner

VPI Graduating Class

1907

Undergraduate Major

Civil Engineering

Graduated

Yes

Service Branch

Army

Unit

Medical

Rank

Captain

Retired Rank

Captain

Military Events

Departed from South Hampton, England on the Charles on August 10th, 1918 for the United States

Postwar Life

Moved to El Paso after serving in the Military, working as a physician.

Occupation

Physician

Contributing Researchers

Sophia Rademaker
Lucas Allen

Bibliography

Texas Death Certificate, Number: 79176
U.S Army Transport Service August 10, 1918
Grave Application- Find a Grave
Texas Medicine, Volume 67, Part 1, Texas Medical Association, 1971
Virginia War History Commission Military Service Record Questionnaire, 1921


Files

Harry Howard Varner senior portrait from the 1907 VPI Bugle.jpg
Harry Howard Varner from the 1907 VPI Bugle.jpg
Harry Howard Varner WW1 Questionairre - VPI Class of 1907 - pg 1.tif
Harry Howard Varner WW1 Questionairre - VPI Class of 1907 - pg 2.tif
Harry Howard Varner WW1 Questionairre - VPI Class of 1907 - pg 3.tif

Collection

Citation

“Varner, Harry Howard,” VPI in World War I, accessed May 25, 2024, https://vpiworldwarone.lib.vt.edu/items/show/640.

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