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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]

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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