Harry Elkins WIdener died in the Titanic sinking (he supposedly drowned after jumping out of a life boat), and when his mother donated the money for the library that bears his name, it is said that she asked the college to require a swim test of all students.
The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is Harvard University's flagship library.
Built with a gift from Eleanor Elkins Widener, the library is a memorial to her son, Harry, Class of 1907. Harry was an enthusiastic young bibliophile who perished aboard the Titanic.
It had been Harry's plan to donate his personal collection to the University once it provided a suitable alternative to the outdated and inadequate library then located in Gore Hall. Mrs. Widener fulfilled her son's dream by building a facility of monumental proportions, with over 50 miles of shelves and the capacity to hold over three million volumes.