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H.C.N. Stephens, 19, Student at Harvard, Services Wednesday

Published on July 10, 1997

Services will be held Wednesday for Mr. Harvard Clarence Nabrit Stephens, 19, of Brentwood, the first student at Martin Luther King Magnet School to attend Harvard University.

Mr. Stephens was killed in a traffic accident Thursday near Salinas, Calif. He had flown from Redmond, Wash. to Los Angeles, and he, a classmate and a friend of the classmate’s left the airport to visit Mr. Stephens’ uncle for the July 4 weekend when the crash occurred.

The classmate was killed also, and the other person was badly injured and hospitalized.

The occasion for his trip was to take a break from his second summer internship at Microsoft in Redmond.

The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Progressive Baptist Church after an hour of visitation there. The Rev. Bernard F. Lafayette Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. J.W. Adkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stephens was a junior majoring in computer science at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. While at Harvard, he taught computer skills to children from low-income families. He had been obsessed with computers since he was 4 years old.

He was born in New York City but spent most his childhood in Nashville. He was a son of Drs. Harvard William and Barbara Anne Nabrit-Stephens of Brentwood.

“He achieved very much academically and professionally in a short period of time, but his greatest asset was his love and care for friends, family and people in general,” his father said today.

Mr. Stephens was a 1995 graduate of Martin Luther King Magnet School, where he was the first president of his class in the academic year 1989-90, the first student to be a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition and the first student to win the National Achievement Scholarship.

He also worked at Opryland and Pizza Hut while in the magnet school.

Survivors besides his parents include two sisters, Nia C. Stephens and Yakini A. Stephens, both of Brentwood; a brother, Marcus N. Stephens of Nashville; his maternal grandparents, the Rev. H. Clark and Vernice Nabrit of Nashville; and a great-grandmother, Eula Smith of Brentwood.

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