Barbara Kathreen Johnston Harrison

Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Death 19 Aug 2011 (aged 88)
District of Columbia, USA
Burial Islesford, Hancock County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 76617038 · View Source
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Mrs. Harrison died on August 19, 2011 at the Ingleside at Rock Creek retirement community in Washington, D.C. She was the author of Three Brothers Johnston (2003), a history of the immigration of her father's Scots-Irish forbears from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, to Rock Island, Illinois; and of Learning About India (1977), a guide for American educators to resources about India.

Born September 5, 1922, in Kankakee, Illinois, she graduated from the University of Illinois in 1944 and did graduate work in political science at the University of Minnesota. In 1948-49 she worked with the United Auto Workers in Detroit, Michigan, and there met her future husband, Selig S. Harrison. She also worked in 1949-50 in Washington as a research specialist for the Senate Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations under Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota.

When her husband was working for the Associated Press in New Delhi, India, she joined him and they were married in Delhi on October 10, 1951. They lived for six years in India and four years in Japan between 1951 and 1973, when her husband was New Delhi and Tokyo bureau chief for the Washington Post. Her son, Coleman, was born in Delhi in 1953 and her daughter, Kathreen, in Washington in 1960. After returning to the United States, she lived in Scarsdale, New York; Manhattan; and Chevy Chase, MD.

She is survived by her husband, Selig S. Harrison, Washington; her son, Coleman, of Boston, MA; her daughter, Kathreen, Thomaston, ME; four grandchildren, Fiona and Gavin, Thomaston; Kathreen "Katie", New Haven, CT; Gabriela Richard, of New York; and by her brother, Richard Johnston, San Francisco.

A celebration of her life will be held at Ingleside at Rock Creek, Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 10.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust, PO Box 262, Islesford, ME 04646.

(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., August 23 to August 28, 2011).

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