ROBERT ROSS HARRISON was born in Lawton, OK in 1942 to Robert R. and Dorothy Ross Harrison and passed away on September 2, 2009. He was the great grandson of Leslie Price Ross, the first mayor of Lawton. Ross lived with his family in the U.S. occupied zone in Germany after WWII and then lived in Oklahoma City before the family settled in Orange County, CA. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in drama and enlisted in the Army, attending Officers Candidate School in Lawton. Ross was stationed in Germany with the 2nd Battalion, 41st Artillery Division, and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1969. He attended University of Oklahoma Law School and graduated with honors and Order of the Coif. Ross was recruited and hired by Baker Botts in Houston where he became a partner practicing labor and employment law, later moving his practice to Saccomanno & Clegg. In retirement, Ross devoted his time to relearning the guitar, cooking with his wife, Linda, raising several bearded collies, and being proud of his son, Byrne, who followed in his footsteps, working in both law and theatre. In addition to his wife, son, and first wife, Margaret Harrison, he leaves behind his brother, Jon Patrick Harrison and wife Nancy, his sister Sylvia Chambers, numerous nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 11:15 in the chapel of Levy Funeral Directors, 4525 Bissonnet, Bellaire. Honorary pallbearers will be: Byrne Ross Harrison, Richard R. Brann, Jack Duckworth, Jay Dushkin, Frank W.R. Hubert, Jr., Lou Powers, Walter Pye, Gerald J. Spieth, Jonathan R. Spieth, and Rev. Jim Turley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Oklahoma, School of Drama through the development office at (866) 321-1174, or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 7, 2009