Heather L. Hurd

[ Age 26 ] Former Harford resident Heather L. Hurd, a former Harford County resident who worked at Walt Disney World, was killed in an automobile accident Jan. 3 in Davenport, Fla. She was 26.

January 10, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Miss Hurd was killed and her fiance, Patrick Richardson, seriously injured when a tractor-trailer struck and crushed their car while they were waiting at a stop light.

The couple were en route to a meeting with a wedding planner and her parents, who were visiting from Abingdon when the accident occurred.

Heather Leigh Hurd was born in Baltimore and raised in Middle River and Abingdon. She was a 1999 graduate of Edgewood High School and earned an associate's degree from Harford Community College. She studied nursing at Towson University and for two years had been a secretary at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

In 2006, she entered an intern program at Walt Disney World, where she was an employment assistant for two years. This year, she was promoted to the diversity team.

Last year, Miss Hurd received the Mousecar Award, presented by Walt Disney Studios, for her work.

"She loved everything about Disney," said her father, W. Russell Hurd III of Abingdon.

Miss Hurd, who was a Wiccan, enjoyed attending the theater and was interested in Celtic music and culture.

"Her dream was to go to Ireland and visit Cork, where our family came from," Mr. Hurd said.

"When Heather first went to Florida for the internship, there was some question whether she could afford to stay there," Mr. Hurd said.

"So, in order to help interns realize their dreams, we have established the Heather L. Hurd Fund to Benefit Disney Interns," Mr. Hurd said. "It will be presented annually on Heather's birthday to a deserving intern."

Services were held yesterday.

Also surviving are her mother, Kimberly Anne Burke Hurd; a brother, Drew R. Hurd of Abingdon; her paternal grandparents, W. Russell Jr. and Marge Hurd of Rosedale; and her maternal grandmother, Marge Burke of Dundalk.

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