Jonathan Harding, Loyola Counselor

July 01, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Jonathan Reid Harding, director of the college counseling corps at Loyola College and adjunct professor of English at York College and Pennsylvania State University at York, Pa., died in his sleep June 19 at his Towson home. He was 40.

"We are waiting for the results of an autopsy for an exact cause of death, but we've been told it was probably heart failure," said Joanne Riley, a longtime Loyola College friend and teacher.

Mr. Harding who was born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Towson, was a 1985 graduate of Loch Raven High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola College in 1989.

He earned a master's degree in professional writing in 1999 from Towson University and a second master's degree in fine arts in 2004 from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.

At his death, he was studying for a doctorate in liberal studies at Georgetown University.

For the last year, he had been director of Loyola's college counseling corps, which is a part of the college's department of education.

"He also led the effort for the school's urban outreach initiative," Ms. Riley said.

Earlier, he had worked in development for the Girl Scouts in York, Pa.

In addition to his work at Loyola, Mr. Harding also taught English at York College and at Penn State's York campus.

Mr. Harding was an accomplished violinist and enjoyed writing and weightlifting.

Services were held June 26.

Also surviving are his father, Ronald Harding of Atlanta; his mother, Judith Harding of Towson; a sister, Stephanie Harding of Towson; his stepmother, Belinda Harding of Atlanta; and a stepsister, Kayla Ross of Atlanta.

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