According to the official announcement of the White Star line 1635 persons perished in the foundering of the Titanic at 2.20 o'clock last Monday morning. Of this number, who lost their lives, at least three who distinguished themselves by their courageous conduct were Harvard men: Colonel John Jacob Astor ex-'88, and Francis Davis Millet '69, both of New York, and H. E. Widener '07, of Philadelphia, Pa.
Colonel Astor was one of the greatest capitalists in the world and a pillar in American finance. In the Spanish-American War, he was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Volunteers, and as an attache of Major General Shafter's staff, he took part in the operations in Cuba culminating in the surrender of Santiago. Colonel Astor was the inventor of several useful mechanical appliances and also the author of a book.
Francis Davis Millet '69 won universal recognition as an artist and through his great ability he occupied a most prominent place in art circles. He was the secretary of the American Academy in Rome and a member of the American Federation of Arts. At the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Mr. Millet was the director of decorations and the director of functions. In recognition of his services in the Russo-Turkish war of 1878, he received the decorations of the military crosses of Russia and Roumania. In 1900 Mr. Millet was elected to the Legion of Honor.
Henry Elkins Widener, of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from the University in 1907. He entered the banking business in Philadelphia shortly after receiving his degree.