Benjamin F. Harrison, 83, electronics technician

July 20, 2005

Benjamin Franklin Harrison, a retired electronics technician and amateur radio operator, died of colon cancer July 13 at Harmony Hall nursing home in Columbia. He was 83.

Mr. Harrison was born in Bethany, Mo., and as a teenager moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he studied electronics at a technical school.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served as an electronics technician in Washington and in the Pacific.

Discharged from the Navy in 1945, Mr. Harrison re-enlisted the next year. He was an aviation electronics technician and had attained the rank of chief petty officer. He was working at Patuxent River Naval Air Station at the time of his retirement in 1964.

He moved to Laurel and took a position as an electronics technician with the Federal Communications Commission in Guilford, where he worked until retiring in 1977.

A lifelong ham radio operator, Mr. Harrison's call letters were NQ8H. He was a member of the Ham Radio Operator's Club of Romney, W.Va., where he had lived for 27 years before moving to Columbia last year.

Plans for services at Arlington National Cemetery were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Janice Cordelia Barnett; two sons, N. Keith Harrison of Columbia and Christopher L. Harrison of Sterling, Va.; two daughters, Judith B. Thomasson of Cavalier, N.D., and Kathryn E. Harrison of Laurel; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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