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HARRISON, Alice Willis (1929-2006)


HARRISON, Alice Willis (1929-2006) - 77, Halifax. Alice was a devoted
daughter, beloved sister, dedicated wife, adoring mother, loving
grandmother "Baba" and treasured friend. She died March 22, 2006, in
QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Colorado of parents Edward
Shields Willis and Alice (O'Brian) Willis, her early education was in
Colorado and university degrees were obtained in education and library
science from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois
respectively. She met her future husband, John Clement Harrison, while
both were teaching at the University of Illinois and they were married
in 1960. Their two daughters, Margaret Alice and Janet Agnes, were born
while living in Pittsburgh where Clem was teaching at the University of
Pittsburgh. In 1970 the family moved to Halifax where Clement became the
first full-time Dean of the Dalhousie Library School. Due to illness he
stepped down as Dean but remained full professor until his retirement in
1978. In 1976 the family moved to Jamaica for two years where Clement
set up the Library School at University of the West Indies and Alice
studied bookbinding. During the years 1970-1978, Alice was associate
librarian at the Atlantic School of Theology. In 1978 she became Head
Librarian and remained in the position until her retirement in 1995. She
received her Master of Theological Studies degree from AST in 1982.
During her tenure as Head Librarian she oversaw the construction and
dedication of the new AST library which was officially opened in 1994.
Alice's lifelong interest in education, conservation and library studies
was reflected in the long list of associations to which she belonged.
She served for nine years each on the boards of Pine Hill Divinity
College and Northwood Manor. She was a member of St. Andrew's United
Church, serving in the Sunday school, Session and UCW units, and on
various committees. Her varied interests included quilting, the book
arts, growing african violets and in her retirement years, her three
grandchildren and an obsession with duplicate bridge. She was
predeceased by her beloved Clement in 1989 and is survived by her two
dear brothers, Dr. E. David Willis and wife Annie and family of
Princeton, New Jersey; Peter Dennis Willis and wife Rosemary and family
of Denver, Colo.; her dearest sister and traveling companion, Ruth Ellen
Willis of Ft. Collins, Colo.; two wonderful daughters, Margaret Alice
and husband John Davie and their two precious children, Jack and Emma,
and Janet Agnes and her precious Samantha Margaret. The memorial service
will be held in St. Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Rd., Halifax, on
Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m., Rev. Russell Daye will be officiating.
There will be a reception in the church hall following the service. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John Clement Harrison
Scholarship Fund for international library students at Dalhousie
University or to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Messages of
condolence can be e-mailed to: [log in to unmask] 

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Courtesy of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

 

 

Jennifer Richard

Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the School of
Nutrition and Dietetics

Vaughan Memorial Library

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

B4P 2R6

Tel: 902-585-1403

Fax: 902-585-1748

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