Tobias James Harring, 17, junior at Hereford High

November 30, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Tobias James Harring, a Hereford High School junior and a scholar-athlete, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was 17 and lived in Sparks.

Baltimore County police said the Harring youth was driving alone Thursday night when his car skidded out of control on a wet road and struck a utility pole on Mount Carmel Road in northern Baltimore County.

Known as Toby, he was a Hereford honors student who had finished his first season on the varsity football team.

"He was the kind of young man you would want your daughter to go out with," said Hereford Principal Ray Gross. "He was so well-liked at the school."

Enrolled in advanced placement courses, young Harring received several merit awards from the principal and faculty. He never missed making the honor roll.

He spent much of his time playing sports at the school and in the Sparks-Hereford recreation leagues. During three years at Hereford, he played golf, basketball, football and threw the shot put.

"He was exactly the kind of kid you wanted on your team," said Steve Turnbaugh, head football coach. "He was willing to do whatever it took to be successful."

Mr. Turnbaugh said the teen-ager's No. 81 has been retired and his football jersey signed by his teammates.

The Harring youth was a member of Hereford Recreation Council's traveling basketball team that took the under-14 Carroll County championship in 1996.

In summer 1996, at a recreation council baseball game at Prettyboy Elementary School, he hit a home run that landed on the school's roof.

He was fascinated by the study of medieval history and participated in historical re-enactments.

He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 485 in Sparks. He spent his summers in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where he fished and crabbed.

Born in Danvers, Mass., young Harring was raised in East Greenwich, R.I., before moving to Sparks in 1991.

In the fifth grade, he played the role of Capulet, nobleman of Verona, in the Sparks Elementary production of "Romeo and Juliet."

While at Hereford Middle School, he pursued an interest in environmental and agricultural projects. With other students, he built a chicken coop.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 1509 Glencoe Road, Glencoe.

He is survived by his parents, Dean K. and Jamie A. Harring; a brother, Christopher Harring of Boston; a sister, Elizabeth Harring of Sparks; and his grandfather, Albert K. Harring of Boston.

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