Henry A. Strong, for more than a quarter of a century the president of the Eastman Kodak Co. of New York, died at the family residence in this city on July 26th, aged 81 years.

Mr. Strong had been a successful manufacturer of whips for many years as senior partner of the firm of Strong & Woodbury, when he became interested in the photographic business in 1881. George Eastman was at that time manufacturing dry plates and it was Mr. Strong who had the vision and the nerve to back the then small enterprise with a few thousand dollars. The business was at first conducted as a co-partnerhip under the firm name of Strong & Eastman, but its rapid growth demanded larger resources and it was but a short time before it was incorporated and additional capital interested.

Mr. Strong sold out his interest in the whip business in the year 1895 when he took an active interest in the photographic business which had then become the Eastman Kodak Company. In 1904 he retired from close association with its affairs, but remained on the board of directors as president. His business success was known, of course, to the world - but it was in Rochester, and particularly among those who were closely associated with him, that he was most appreciated. He had not merely those qualities of uprightness and integrity that gave him the respect of business men, but a largeness of heart - and a happy way of showing it - that endeared him to those who worked with and for him.

He was not merely generous in a big way, a liberal giver to the charities of his home city, but he was thoughtful in the little things. He had the happy faculty of carrying with him an atmosphere of good cheer; a hard worker, until his later years, there was always time for a pleasant word of greeting, a winning smile, a merry quip or jest. And these he passed along, without favoritism, to the office boy as freely as to a fellow director. It was all spontaneous, the simple, unaffected evidence of his goodness of heart.

Photography owes much to Henry A. Strong, for he it was who first had faith to put money into the business that Mr. Eastman was developing. Rochester owes much to him, not alone for his backing what is now its greatest industry, but for his charities and for his good citizenship.

Henry Alvah Strong.

Henry Alvah Strong.