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Obituary: Richard Wayne Harrison

Obituary: Richard Wayne Harrison

January 6th, 2019 in Obituaries

Dr. Richard Wayne Harrison, 69, of Amissville, Va., died Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Richard, son of the late Robert B. Harrison, is survived by his mother, Tena Harrison from Fulton, Mo.; brothers, John and Jim Harrison, also from Fulton; his sister, Nancy Gravemann from St. Charles, Mo.; daughters, Caitlin Harrison and Jessica Stevenson from Richmond, Va.; son-in-law, Ryan Stevenson; granddaughters, Freya and Josephine Stevenson; and step- children Elena and Pavel Josan. Dr. Harrison achieved his B.A. in Mathematics in 1971 from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., before serving in the United States Navy. He then obtained his B.S. in Geology from SE Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, N.M. He worked in the mining and exploration industry from 1980-1990, then was employed as a geologist with USGS for 23 years, allowing him to travel and map the world's geological features. Richard was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, camping, trips to the beach, and gardening. He prized his personal collection of rocks and minerals collected during his travels. He was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the World Series on his 57th birthday in 2006. Richard's family will receive friends at Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a celebration of life.