In Memory

Harold Duke, Jr.

Harold Duke, Jr.

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02/25/12 12:39 PM #1    

William Stroupe

Harold Duke might have been considered a late bloomer. Although he was more erudite than he let on, most of us remember his easy-going manner and quick wit. 

Harold and I were "charter members" of the first Char-Grill when it opened on Hillsborough Street. 

Harold and David Peterson pitched in to help my family and me move the summer after graduation, and I don't know how we would have made the transition without their help.

Harold attended N.C. State and later graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history.

During his Army days, he worked in medical records. Harold and I got together briefly in Hawaii before my discharge from active duty. After the Army, Harold continued his cosmopolitan adventures in Thailand, where he worked with American Express for more than a year before family priorities called him back home.

Harold was active in a model railroad club until his untimely death in 1975.

Although Harold projected the image of a fun-lover and perhaps a bit of a party animal, he was always a friend one could count on. 

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