As an undergraduate English major who arrived on campus in 1928, Henry Coates was involved with The Bucknellian, played varsity basketball, and was captain of the track team. Upon graduation, he joined the Alumni Club of Central Jersey and was eventually president of the Bucknell Alumni Club of Trenton. He served five years as a board member of the General Alumni Association, chairing the Alumni Participation committee. Henry has been a Class Fund manager, a member of the Development Council, president of the Bucknell Parents, and bequest chairman for the Class of 1932. He is a charter member of William Bucknell Associates, the Bison Century Club, and the Committee of One Thousand. His son Leonard is a member of the Class of 1974 and daughter Joann the Class of 1978.