Dr. Reba Marr-Harrington, Esq.
Dr. Reba Marr-Harrington, Esq. passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Born on December 25, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio to Russell Joseph and Ruth E. Marr. Dr. Harrington strategically lived her life as a positive force to be reckoned with. Upon her graduation from University of Toledo, Dr. Harrington joined the United States Air Force. Her first tour of duty was Hellenikon Air Base in Athens, Greece. Her tours of duty have ranged from Squadron Section Commander for the 93rd Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB in California to Deputy Director of the largest Contracting Squadron in the Pacific, the18th Contracting Squadron in Okinawa, Japan. She was a graduate of the Air Force's prestigious Education with Industry (EWI) Program. While assigned to Boeing-Vertol in Philadelphia, she procured Chinook Helicopters and the V-22, Osprey, tilt rotor aircraft for the Air Force. Reba also served a tour of duty as a Chief in Contracting at the former DCSC (also known as Defense Constructing Supply Center Columbus). Her literal and figurative "coolest" assignment was at Calumet Air Station, a remote site 144 miles north of Marquette, Michigan. Reba has served permanent and temporary tours of duty throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Harrington retired as a Major from military service at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia in 1995. As an innovator she opened the Jazz M' Tazz Networking Eatery in Hampton, Virginia. After her services to her country, Attorney Harrington served as an Associate Counsel at the Hart Dole Inouye Federal Center, Office of Counsel, located in Battle Creek, Michigan until her death. In addition to her Bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo, Reba has an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in California and her Juris Doctorate from Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio. Attorney Harrington demonstrates an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She matriculated and earned a PhD in Business Philosophy from Northcentral University; and in 2009 she was selected for and attended the prestigious Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama as part of the Department of Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP). As part of the DLAMP program, she spent two weeks in West Africa. During her 10 month stay in Montgomery, Alabama she earned a second Master's degree in Strategic Studies.
Attorney Harrington loved the Arts and has three copyrighted plays. Her play "Same Same" ran for an entire year in Okinawa, Japan. She was a professor for University of Maryland in Okinawa, Japan, Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During her residency in Battle Creek, she served on numerous boards and committees. Over the years, she was known for her community service, entrepreneurship, and mentorship. The Battle Creek Communicator, Beat in the Creek, 303 West Networking Café and the Sister Summit that ran for 10 years are a few of her proudest community projects. Although she placed many of her activities on the back burner, Dr. Harrington still served as a trustee for Kellogg Community College and was a golden life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Harrington's mantra was: "Keep God first and you will never be last". She professed all that she was and ever will be she owed to God, a solid loving family and upbringing and wonderful friends and associates who she gives credit for buying into her visions and doing the day-to-day heavy lifting. God is good all the time and all the time – God is good!
As she begins her journey with the ancestors, she leaves behind two children, Remi Tai and Kyle Joseph, granddaughter, Tegan, beloved mother, Ruth, brothers, Ronald and Rodney Marr, sisters, Jackie (Roger) Webb of St. Louis, Missouri, Renicia and Robin Marr, and Roxanne (Raynard) of Elberon, Virginia, and a host of loving nephews, nieces, caring family, and wonderful friends.
Visitation for Dr. Harrington will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, in the C. Brown Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel, 1629 Nebraska Avenue. Funeral Services, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at The Calvary Baptist Church, 702 Collingswood Blvd. with Family Hour preceding at 12:00 p.m. The Reverend Floyd Smith, Pastor and Officiant. View the online memorial for Dr. Reba Marr-Harrington, Esq.