HIGH POINT, N.C. — A member of the High Point University security team has died from complications from the coronavirus, according to an alert HPU President Nido Qubein sent out to the university community.
Harry Hueston died on Wednesday after a week in the hospital.
“Harry was loved by everyone on our campus and did an extraordinary job in his role on the HPU Security team,” Qubein said. “Like you, I always admired Harry’s positive spirit and team-centered commitment to protecting our campus, our students, and all of us.”
Bob Yarbrough is now retired from the HPU security team, but said Thursday that the group is like a family.
“I was shocked and saddened, and just not what I expected,“ he said.
Yarbrough said he and Hueston bonded over their past service in the Coast Guard.
“One morning Harry came in and handed me (a) hat and said ‘Here’s a hat for you, fellow Coastie,’ so I’ve always kept it, and it’s been several years but I’ve still got it I wear it,” Yarbrough explained. “I’ve worn it with pride.”
He described Hueston as someone who always looked out for the rest of the team with a sense of humor.
“They were all good times, I don’t remember any time of Harry that wasn’t good. I don’t know of anybody that would have an unkind word to say about Harry,” Yarbrough said.
High Point University says they’re extending sympathies to the Hueston family.
“I will also offer any resources needed to assist the family during this difficult time,” Qubein said. “Please keep Diane and the family in your prayers.”
Rev. Preston Davis will plan tribute to honor Hueston’s life when possible.
“In these trying times we must continue to focus on our faith, our family, and our friends,” Quebein said. “Today, let us remember Harry with gratitude, even as our hearts are filled with sorrow, for his caring commitment and friendship. Take care of yourself and your family. Be safe. God bless you.”