Leo Edson Harrold

[ Age 78 ] Psychologist also was a government labor negotiator.

November 14, 2007

Leo Edson "Ed" Harrold, a retired psychologist and labor negotiator, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his Columbia home. He was 78.

Mr. Harrold was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Brentwood, Pa. He served in the Naval Reserves and was a long-distance truck driver before entering Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1965.

He was a member of the faculty at IUP, where he earned a master's degree in psychology in 1967.

Mr. Harrold was director of the Harrisburg State Hospital, formerly the Pennsylvania State Lunatic Hospital, from 1970 to 1974, when he moved to Laurel to head the alcohol and drug counseling center at Fort Meade.

Mr. Harrold later worked as a labor negotiator for U.S. Customs, the Navy, U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from which he retired in 1999.

He enjoyed researching his family's genealogy and hunting for fossils at Calvert Cliffs and at Neville Island on the Ohio River in southwestern Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Columbia.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, the former Sandra Woolfolk; two sons, Scott A. Harrold of Arnold and Joshua J. Harrold of Baltimore; four daughters, Cathy Parsons of Fulton, Margaret A. Ignelzi of Hudson, N.H., Jayne L. Cravner of Erie, Pa., and Stephanie L. Hacko of Beaver, Pa.; a brother, Donald Harrold of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. An earlier marriage to Janice Schumocker ended in divorce.

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