Hank Schroeder
Hank Schroeder
Title: Class of 2014
Organization: Men's Basketball and Cross Country

Henry “Hank” Schroeder, who lettered in both basketball and cross country, was described as a “tall raw-boned player” by Hall of Fame Coach Merl Norcross and a “tough guy” by Tom Benoit.

He led the hoopsters in rebounding his final three seasons while pacing the scorers as a sophomore and as a senior en route to 853 career points. The team captain in 1962–63 was also one of two players to register 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds in a game.

“Henry was a rough son-of-a-gun underneath the basketball,” remembered Norcross. “He continued to improve through his career and became a go-to player for us. By the time he was a senior, he could dominate a game.”

“Hank Schroeder was a big man,” said Benoit. “Nearly 6’10” and lots of muscle. He was a strong rebounder, excellent around the basket, and while teamed with Jim Daley, formed a big front line. At practice I often ended up in the lane battling him for the rebound. “It was like a man beating up on a little kid.” Despite all that, Hank was a really good guy.”

Schroeder kicked off his first three academic years by running on the WPI cross country team.

After graduating from WPI in 1963, Hank became a project scientist with the Polar Operations Project in Antarctica. He served at the South Pole Station in Antarctica  1963–64 and at the Byrd Station 1964–65. In recognition of his 15 consecutive months “on the ice,” the National Science Foundation named a geographical feature near the Shackleton Glacier as Schroeder Hill in his honor. Upon the recommendation of the Department of Defense, Hank was also awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the U.S. Weather Bureau.

Hank was very active in the Milford community. He was a board member of the Milford Amateur Basketball Association and he coached Biddy Basketball teams for many years. He was also an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Milford and served on many committees and as head usher at his church.

Hank passed away following an automobile accident in 1994. He and his wife, Jamie, lived in Milford, Mass., and have two children, William and Susan, and a granddaughter Keira.

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