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Margaret G. (Peg) Harrison


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Margaret G. (Peg) Harrison
December 26, 1929 - December 7, 2018
Resident of Atherton
Margaret G. (Peg) Harrison died December 7, 2018 in Belmont, California of complications from end stage lung disease.
Peg was born in San Pedro, CA on December 26, 1929 to German immigrant parents Frederick and Louise Gauck. The family moved to Richmond, CA, where her father was a marine engineer for Standard Oil Company and later to Berkeley, where she graduated from Berkeley High School. Peg earned BA and MSW degrees in German Literature and Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Sociology from San Jose State University.
After her marriage to Curtis B. Harrison she held several executive positions in the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services until her retirement. She was Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Volunteer Bureau and was selected as Cupertino's first female "Man of the Year" for her work in civic activities. Peg enjoyed a second career as a medical social worker, licensed therapist and geriatric case manager in private practice. She was a volunteer and leader for the Arthritis and Chronic Disease Self Management Programs at Stanford and contributed to the program's publications.
A life-long cellist, Peg was a member of the San Jose Symphony for many years and an active chamber musician in the Bay Area and Washington, DC. She supported the Klein International String Competition, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. During her residence in Washington, DC she continued her chamber music activities and served on the board of the Kindler Cello Society. Her volunteer activities included writing profiles of composers and performers for the Kennedy Center Website. When the Iraq National Symphony came to the Kennedy Center, she loaned her cello to the orchestra because the players were not able to bring their instruments. As she said after the performance, "I never played with Yo Yo Ma, but my cello did."
As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, Peg served on many committees, initiating a brown bag lunch discussion group, and organizing small group dinners to help members get to know each other better.
Peg is survived by her spouse, Dr. Judith Watkins of Atherton, daughter Catherine Durfee (Les) of Benicia, son Grant Harrison (Diane) of Boulder Creek, granddaughters, Erin Durfee and Lauren Durfee of San Francisco, her special sister Lee Kanner of Palo Alto, and sister Hertha Harrington of San Mateo.
The family is grateful to her devoted caregiver Melina Ahomana, to Kaiser Home Hospice Redwood City, and the staff at Voralto of Belmont. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, 2124 Brewster Avenue.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Dec. 30, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019
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