Harry Harrison, 86

Howard police officer

January 30, 2007

Harry M. Harrison, a former Howard County police officer and UPS security head, died Saturday of complications from emphysema at his home in Daphne, Ala. The former Ellicott City resident was 86.

Mr. Harrison was born in Gaithersburg and raised in Westminster, where he graduated from high school. During World War II, he served in the merchant marine as a shipboard communications officer.

In the late 1940s, he became a Maryland state trooper, serving at the Westminster and Waterloo barracks. He joined the Howard County Police Department in the early 1950s, rose through the ranks to lieutenant, and was acting police chief in the early 1960s.

He was a 1955 graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

Mr. Harrison left the force in 1964 and worked for three years in Lanham as head of Eastern Seaboard security for UPS. He retired in 1967 and had lived in Daphne since 1978.

Mr. Harrison was in his 50s when he began playing golf and was "proud that he could shoot his age," said a son, Gregory A. Harrison of Gaithersburg. For the past 29 years, he worked part time in the pro shop at the Gulf Shores Golf Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.

He was a former member of the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department.

Services were held yesterday in Daphne.

Also surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Marie Conway; another son, Michael W. Harrison of Gilbert, S.C.; a daughter, Jerry H. Pailer of Atlanta; and four grandchildren.

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