Donald Fisher Harrison
Born May 24, 1928
Donald Fisher Harrison 24 May 1928 – 23 November 2021
DONALD FISHER HARRISON, born in 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Florence Melvina Fisher and William Joseph Harrison, Jr., died 23 November 2021 at home in West Palm Beach. Don was 93.
Soldier, historian, husband and father, he is survived by his wife of nearly 37 years, NANCY LORING HARRISON, and (including Nancy’s family), five children, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-children, which includes a recently lost daughter and great-grandson.
Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949, his professional life spanned four decades of public service, both military and civilian, retiring from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1969. He served in combat as an infantry platoon leader during the Korean War and in the Vietnam War as a military historian. He then joined the National Archives and Records Administration, retiring in 1990 as a specialist in data records of the Vietnam War. During this time, he earned a PhD in American History from Georgetown University. Harrison’s publications include a variety of archival issues, and in collaboration with his wife Nancy, “The Socialization of The Armed Forces”.
In 1991 Don and Nancy retired to West Palm Beach, Florida, and enjoyed traveling to western and eastern Europe, concerts and art exhibits, particularly at the Kravis Center and Norton Museum, both of West Palm Beach.
Don will be remembered for his passion for his family, music, amateur photography, antiques and so much more. He and Nancy were members of the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida.