Henry Edward Likas, Jr. 1924-2017
Born and raised in San Francisco, Harry attended Lowell High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1948. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman aboard the escort carrier Sitkoh Bay.
Harry's father started tossing him tennis balls at age 5, beginning what would be a life-long love of tennis. At age 15, he won the California State Boys Championship and was ranked the no. 2 boys player in the country. While at USF, Harry won the U.S. Intercollegiate Singles Championship, defeating Vic Seixas, later a Wimbledon & U.S. Open champion. He was twice ranked no. 10 nationally, and claimed wins over five Wimbledon champions: Bob Falkenburg, Dick Savitt, Budge Patty, Jaroslav Drobny and Seixas. He also defeated Pancho Gonzales, the1948 and 1949 U.S. Open champion.
In the 1960's, Harry established an insurance agency, which grew into Coastal Casualty Company, a primary provider of group health insurance; later it merged into Coastal Life Insurance Co., where he served as executive vice president and director.
Harry served on the board of the United States Tennis Association Northern California. He also was the founder of Tennis Patrons, Inc., a nonprofit organization that trained and financed promising young players for the purpose of securing a college scholarship. He was a lifetime member of the California Tennis Club and a longtime member of the Belvedere Tennis Club.
Harry was active for many years in the Tiburon-Belvedere Rotary Club, and served as president from 1990-1991.
The family moved from San Francisco to Belvedere in 1969. Harry is survived by his wife Ann, sons Harry III (m. Eri), David and Charles, and by two grandchildren, Stephanie Green (m. Adam) and Cara Likas. His daughter, Marina Phyllis, predeceased him.
Harry died peacefully at home on March 2 surrounded by family. The family is grateful to Hospice By the Bay for its compassionate care. A private family service will be held.