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Henrietta Harrison died October 28th at home in the embrace of her husband, from a rare form of cancer. She was 69 years old.
Ms Harrison is remembered for her talents as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Westport, Connecticut for more than 20 years beginning in 1994.
Having worked with hundreds of individuals, couples and families through the years, her special interest was working with couples. She has been credited by many clients with saving troubled marriages and helping divorcing couples maintain the good will necessary for constructive co-parenting following divorce. Notably, Ms Harrison was also known as "the therapist to therapists" as many professionals in her field sought her out for assistance with problems in their own lives.
In addition to her work through the years as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Ms Harrison is remembered as an Executive Coach and Business Consultant.
Prior to her career in psychotherapy, during the 1970's and 1980's Ms. Harrison was a pioneer in the advancement of Equal Opportunity in Employment for Women. She was an early advocate for Equal Employment Opportunity programs for women in Fortune 500 Companies. She was the architect and driving force behind many such programs both as a Human Resources Consultant for New York based Organization Resources Counselors and as a pro bono consultant with the NYC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission working directly with Commissioner Eleanor Holmes Norton. Similarly, she was the protégé of Felice Schwartz, founder and CEO of Catalyst, a non-profit group which pioneered flexible work arrangements for women balancing career and family.
Ms Harrison is remembered by the Greens Farms Academy community in Greens Farms, Connecticut for her tireless efforts on behalf of the school during the 15 years her sons attended the school. Her sons Alexander and Zachary, were each students at the school from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, graduating as Class Salutatorian in 1998 and Class Valedictorian in 2000, respectively.
Ms Harrison was an active participant in and chaired many events and activities at Greens Farms Academy through the years including the Learning to Look art appreciation program, chairing the school wide Book Fair for a record setting year, and conducting numerous after school courses facilitating pursuit of non-academic interests among the student body.
In addition to being generous financial contributors to the school, with her husband, Marshall, she successfully co-captained their grade's Capital Campaign in the 1980's.
Henrietta and Marshall Harrison were married in 1968 and during their marriage lived in New York City, Chicago, England and most recently, Fairfield, CT. Marshall Harrison is the Founder and CEO of Imperium, industry leader in data quality and fraud prevention.
Ms Harrison is survived by her husband, Marshall, and their son Zachary of Boston, MA. Their first child, Alexander, died last June of a heart attack. She is also survived by her brother Mark Irgang. Her parents Helen and Ben Irgang are deceased.
She was an avid traveler with a lifelong affinity for country life and all things European.
Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home
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Fairfield, CT 06824
Published in Fairfield Citizen from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 2016