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.