Barbara Harris, educator, entrepreneur

Barbara Harris died peacefully on August 1, 2012 at her home after a courageous, twelve-year bout against Lymphoma.

She was born to Maurice and Dorothy Giller in Queens, New York on August 10, 1929 and attended Jamaica High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College and Master’s Degree from Hofstra University. In 1949, she married Harold and they enjoyed 58 years together.

Barbara was a devoted and inspiring teacher in the public school systems in New York and Connecticut for over twenty five years. During her time in Ridgefield, she taught at East Ridge Junior High where she was also head of the English and Social Studies Departments.

In 1985 she struck out as an entrepreneur, co-founding one of the world’s premier civic and leadership educational organizations. She dedicated the remainder of her life to providing experiential learning opportunities for high achieving students of all ages. As an educator, her creativity and dedication had a profound influence on the lives of more than one million young people.

Barbara’s family was both broad and diverse, including a wide circle of friends, colleagues and professionals. Through this extended network, Barbara worked tirelessly to foster leadership opportunities for youth and women.

Barbara is survived by four children; Richard, Stephen, Carolyn and Sharon; seven grandchildren; Eric, Deborah, Jeffrey, Benjamin, Gregory, Rianna and Callie; her sister-in-law, Marcia; and her uncle Moe.

The family will be receiving visitors at the Joseph A. Gawler and Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. and respectfully requests that no flowers be sent.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00p.m., Sunday, August 5, 2012 in the chapel of the Gawler funeral home.