The most famous skater in Princeton’s Class of 1914 was undoubtedly Hobey Baker, the Tiger football and hockey star and World War I aviator whose name adorns college hockey’s version of the Heisman Trophy. But classmate Harold Hartshorne also made a name for himself on the ice, earning national championship medals in pairs ice dancing in the 1930s and ’40s before becoming a respected judge in the sport.
Hartshorne, a stock broker in his day job, remained active in ice dancing into his late 60s and was traveling with the U.S. figure skating team in 1961 when its flight to the world championships crashed in Brussels, killing Hartshorne, his wife, Louisa, and the other 71 people on board.
Hartshorne is still remembered in the Jersey shore town of Little Silver, where he built a country home that featured, among other things, a skating pond on the property. The home, designed by Roger Harrington Bullard, earned designation as a Monmouth County Historic Site, and through June 9, it will be on display as a designer show house, presented by the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group. Click here to read more about the Hartshorne family, the house’s history, and the show house program.