Harriet Douglas

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DOUGLAS, L.C.S.W., HARRIET E., died on July 8th from complications of a prior stroke. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After her marriage to William Douglas, also from Seattle, she and her family lived in Princeton New Jersey; Munich, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Columbia, South Carolina; Lima, Peru; and Greenwich Village in New York City, before settling down in Wardour, West Annapolis, in 1970. She and her husband later lived in Nanjing China from 2009 to 2011, where Bill was a professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. After a year in Paris in 1954, where she took courses at the Sorbonne on French Civilization, Harriet earned a B.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Washington. After settling in Annapolis, she obtained an M.S.W. from the Catholic University Graduate School of Social Work. She was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Maryland for 21 years, teaching courses on techniques of psychotherapy and family counseling. She also had a private practice as a psychotherapist in Annapolis from 1975 to 2008. In the late 1970's she was a founder of, and a counselor in, the YWCA's Domestic Violence Counseling Service. She bore four children while living abroad: Binda In Germany, David and then Daniel in Korea, and Scott in Peru. David died in Korea while still a toddler, Binda and Scott both live in Olympia, Washington, and Daniel resides in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Harriet became quite proficient in her various avocations: playing the kayagum (a traditional Korean harp), springboard diving, hand-stitching prize-winning quilts, tending her beloved garden, and blowing glass art pieces. Few have lived life to the full as much as did Harriet. Her family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and former counseling clients will miss her greatly. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to her favorite charity: The Thurston County Food Bank, 220 Thurston Ave., N.E., Olympia, WA 98501. A memorial service for Harriet will be held in Annapolis at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 20th, at the White Oak Pavilion in Quiet Waters Park.
Published in The Capital on July 14, 2013
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