Grandpa Rick

Richard Clark Harrison
May 9, 1939 – January 19, 2005

Rick was born to Ben and Wilma Harrison on May 9, 1939 in Pawhuska, OK.  He is a member of the Osage Tribal Nation.  He was the oldest of 4 brothers, Henry, David, and John.

Rick graduated from Pawhauska HS and went on to the University of Arkansas, where he only spent a year before going into the US Army.  Six months after serving his 2 years, he was called back in the National Guard during the “Bay of Pigs” crisis.

Rick worked as the Director of an Indian Youth Alcoholism program at the Southwestern Polytechnical Indian School in Albuquerque, NM.

In 1978 he worked at the Indian Desk, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant program to provide experience and support to the program.

After the alcohol grant program was transferred to the Indian Health Services, Rick’s Federal career would eventually take him to the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH, where he was working as the Branch Chief of the Contracts Review Office.

Rick devoted much of his life to service.  He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rockville, servings as Secretary, President and Lt Governor of the Capital area.  He also worked with Montgomery County Family Services and the Minority Organ Transplant Program.  Rick was a member of the American Indian Society and Toastmasters International.

Rick and Joan were married in 1986 in Washington, DC, and they made their home in Rockville, MD.

Rick had two children, John Harrison and Ricki Ann Lovett, six step children, Sandy Meinberg, Linda Hazlewood, Patricia Haga, Michael Doyle, Deborah Ward and David Doyle.

Rick was also blessed with 16 grandchildren:
Madison, Morgan and Logan Harrison
Brian, Rachel, and Cassie Loffett
Timothy and Christopher Meinberg
Erin and Kelsey Hazlewood
Ingrid and Alexandra Haga
Michael, Jonathan and Matthew Doyle
Jennifer Doyle

Rick was devoted to the Bahai Faith and a member of the Montgomery County Northwest Community.

As Rick would say…
“Everything happens for the best” 
Personally, he was the best grandfather I could have asked for.  I didn’t know either of my biological grandfathers… but Grandpa Rick more than made up for it with his love and support.  He was a kind soul and I think of him often.

3 thoughts on “Grandpa Rick

  1. I returned to Ohio after living in Maryland for 19 years. You know how you ponder ‘wonder where…..’ questions. And the pondering happens for me surrounding people I enjoyed. Rick and I met in the KIWANIS of Rockville. You are so right, he was a kind soul and had a good sense of humor and calm when needed! I’m sorry to hear of his passing but loved reading what you wrote about him. As well, the photo says it all. Be well, and thank you. Carole Cohen, Cleveland Ohio

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