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1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA

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Harry Paul Houff Jr.

October 20, 1939January 9, 2020

Harry Paul Houff was born on October 20, 1939 and passed away on January 9, 2020.

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Harry Paul Houff Jr.

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J. Michael Schmitt

January 16, 2020

Harry was a neighborhood boy who was blessed with a wonderful sense of
humor and a brilliant mind. I remember growing up with all the kids from Christ the King Catholic parish and the many basketball games in the school
playground. Holiday seasons were always exciting with a visit from Harry and Alice and their young family to visit Uncle Dick Schmitt. Harry was convinced because of his PhD in Physics he had insider knowledge about the many pool tournaments in Dads basement as well as ping pong battles! Truly, he was very competitive!
My daughters Erin and Debbie will miss Dr. Harry and we all will pray for his
Soul. Rest In Peace old friend and say hello to Nannette for me in Heaven.

david Grissmer

January 16, 2020

Alice,
Judy and I were sad to hear of Harry’s death. I have a lot of fond memories since we were close friends during elementary school at Christ the King and high school at Cathedral, - and both of us got our Ph.D degrees in physics in the same year. Along with Johnny Hiatt, we often took bicycle excursions to what then seemed like distant places (Giest reservoir). In 6th grade Harry and I started and edited a class newspaper. Our fast-pitch softball team made it to the CYO championship in 8th grade with Harry at 2nd base, Johnny at 3rd base and me at shortstop or catcher. Part of my interest in physics was triggered by Harry’s interest, and- together with Neil Chloupek- another friend- built an aluminum rocket complete with combustion chamber and fuel. We were lucky and probably could have killed ourselves except we could never get it to ignite. Many, many poker games come to mind during high school, as well as hitch-hiking home from Cathedral together.
We lived in Wash DC for 37 years after completing the Ph.D in 1969, and worked at RAND Corporation most of that time. We moved to Charlottesville around 2007 where I am still on the faculty at the University of Virginia- Curry School of Education. Judy is retired from being a marriage and family therapist. We would have loved to come to the funeral, but commitments and some health concerns made it impossible. My brother Tom and Alma – who were good friends of Jackson – will be there. We would very much like to get together with you, Alice, (jgrissmer@gmail.com). Our condolences and best wishes.

Dave and Judy

Gary Mansfield

January 13, 2020

Alice,
So sorry to hear about Harry. I have so wonderful memories of Harry and all the good times in the EPS Building. Harry was always easy to talk with and willing to help with an problems I had. Of course he was Gloria's boss and she thought very highly of him. Great memories of our families together. Will keep you in my prayers.

Gary Mansfield

Alva Pace

January 9, 2020