Richard L. Harrison

OCT. 21, 1926-SEPT. 8, 2012

September 11, 2012
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Richard Lee Harrison, a driven, gregarious and charitable man, entered into eternal life on Sept. 8, 2012. Dick was a devoted husband, father, dentist, community leader and philanthropist. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Lois Smith Harrison, as well as three children, Elizabeth Boyce (Arthur), Margaret Harrison and Richard Harrison (Renate), and five grandchildren, Emily and Harrison Boyce, Franziska Harrison, and Hillary and Hunter Wade.

The only child of Rhoda Hoffman Harrison and Lee Ragan Harrison, Dick was born in Hagerstown on Oct. 21, 1926. He grew up on South Potomac Street and graduated from Hagerstown High School. A patriotic man, he served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and then returned to school on the G.I. Bill. After graduating from Hagerstown Junior College, Dick went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Dick and Lois were married on June 23, 1951. Desiring to serve his Hagerstown community, he founded his own dental practice in 1953, now called Wade Family Dentristy, a practice that is now into its third generation. He was a longtime member of the Washington County Dental Society, the Maryland State Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

An avid hunter and golfer, Dick enjoyed hosting his friends and family at his Little Orleans cabin and was a member of Fountain Head Country Club. He had an interest in farming and a keen eye for farmland.

Dick was a long-serving member of the Rotary Club, who facilitated short-term and summer exchanges with international guests and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He and Lois traveled the globe. Dick delighted in discussing both local and world events as well as his culinary adventures.

Dick had been a member of Christ's Reformed Church since 1951. He served his church as a member of its Consistory, as an elder and as chairman of the building committee. Dick also served his broader community as a board member and president of the Washington County Board of Social Services, as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy and two terms as a board member of the Hagerstown Junior College Foundation Inc. In 2007, Hagerstown Community College honored Dick and Lois in a student scholarship fundraising tribute dinner.

A viewing will take place Friday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. N, Hagerstown, Md. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. at Christ's Reformed Church, 130 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Gregg R. Meserole officiating. Internment in Rest Haven Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Christ's Reformed Church.

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