• "Was a student of richard's on the 70's. Loved his..."
    - Lynne Stephens
  • "My sisters, Anna, Julie and I, as well as our families..."
    - Holly Harrison
  • "My brother and I were students of Mr. Harrison at Charlie..."
    - Pete Siegel
  • "I can remember like yesterday Louise and Richard visiting..."
    - Laura Manack
  • "Sorry to hear about cousin Richard. I will pass the word on..."
    - Carolyn Schwartz McAfee


(Age 93)  

Formerly of Chevy Chase, MD, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2013. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on September 6. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ft Worth Classical Guitar Society in his name (FWCGS, PO Box 821954, Ft Worth, TX 76182). Richard Harrison's joie de vivre followed him wherever he went. He was born in Binghamton, NY to Neil Graham Harrison (Pres. NY Bar Assoc.) and Dona Wilbur Harrison on September 25, 1919. After attending the Citadel, he became a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII. He then attended New York University and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He was a musical composer and arranger for the National Symphony, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and composed the Philadelphia Eagles Fight Song. He was also partner, teacher and Executive Director of the Charlie Byrd Music House in Bethesda, MD for over 15 years. At age 80, Richard published his first novel, Grass Roots, and two years later his second novel, DC Rider. Preceding him in death were his three wives (most recently Louise Leahy Walker Harrison), his brother and sister, and grandson, James Beauchamp IV. Richard is survived by his daughters; Anna Harrison (Patrick Tipton) of Ft Worth, Holly Harrison (Philip Peterson) of Albuquerque, and Julie Harrison (Steve Clay) of New York City; and grandchildren, Alex Harrison Peterson, Ruby Harrison-Clay and Naomi Harrison-Clay.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 1, 2013
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