Norwood Calhoun Harrison
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SPARTANBURG, SC-- Norwood C. Harrison, 95, of Spartanburg, died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at his home on Twin Drive.
Born October 21, 1916, in Covington, GA, he was the son of the late Frank Pinckney and Sarah Baker Harrison.
Harrison graduated Cum Laude (French literature) from Sewanee, the University of the South, in 1938, and received an M.A. in English from Wofford in 1951, specializing in the poetry of T.S. Eliot.
He lived in Spartanburg for much of the time from 1921 through 1957, and continuously from 1972 until his passing.
Harrison had a long career in writing and editing in South Carolina, from 1940-1957 for the National Beta Club in Spartanburg.
From 1957 through 1972, he worked in New York City as Assistant Director and then Director of the Arts Program and the Danforth Lecturers Program, of the Association of American Colleges.
He resumed editing and writing for regional enterprises in the Upcountry from 1972 into the early 1990s.
Harrison was an avid genealogist for much of his later life, specializing in families from which he was descended in South Carolina and nearby states, such as the Bakers, Bowmans, Calhouns, and Norwoods.
Related to this, from 1949 through 2001, he was Treasurer for the Cemetery Association of Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville, S.C., a church where many Calhouns are buried.
Harrison's special avocation was serving as the Agent for his Sewanee class, 1987-2005. For his many years of devoted activities, most notably his "legendary class newsletters," he received the university's Crawford Alumni Service Award in 2005.
As a longtime resident, Harrison especially enjoyed finding folks in need all over Spartanburg as a driver for Mobile Meals.
He was able to travel to France and Great Britain with his French-born wife many times from 1958 through 1995, and maintained an active interest in the literature and culture of those countries. He passed on this interest to his children, and remained fluent in French until late in life.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Monique Whelpton Harrison; and daughter, Madeleine Aimee Harrison, both of Spartanburg; and son, Edward Calhoun Harrison of Chapel Hill, N.C.; granddaughter, Teo Monique Pellegrino; and great-grandchildren, Indiana and Henry, of Simsbury, CT.
He is also survived by his sister, Carolina MacCartney of Guntersville, AL. He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters: Frank, Marion, Elizabeth, Nancy and Baker.
The family is very grateful to Chuck Frank of Spartanburg Comfort Keepers for his exceptionally diligent care for Mr. Harrison in recent years as old age began to take away his abilities.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in memory of Norwood C. Harrison to: Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 400 Dupre Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307; The Scholarship Fund of the University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383.
The memorial service to celebrate Norwood Calhoun Harrison's life will be held at 3 PM, on Saturday, April 28, at Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 19 to Apr. 22, 2012