[eDebate] Fwd: Frank Harrison

Jarrod Atchison jarrod.atchison
Fri Jun 5 15:38:02 CDT 2009

Below is the official announcement from Trinity University

From: Jones Schweitzer, Sharon
Sent: Fri 6/5/2009 3:09 PM
To: Trinity Faculty/Staff
Subject: Frank Harrison

 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Frank Harrison,
former associate professor of speech and drama and director of Trinity
University's debate program. Professor Harrison died earlier this week at
his home in Galveston.  He was 69.

Professor Harrison had a remarkable career in several fields during his
lifetime, serving in academia, law, the military, and government. His
favorite field, however, was forensics and he was the driving force in
reestablishing Trinity's debate program when he came to the University in

He taught several courses in the speech and drama department, and was very
active in the life of the University, serving as chair of the Publications
Board, the Committee on Scholarships and Financial Aid, and the First Year
Seminar Steering Committee.  He was also presiding judge of the University
Court and parliamentarian of the Faculty Assembly.

Outside Trinity, Professor Harrison was deeply involved with several
academic organizations related to speech and debate including serving as
president of the American Debate Association. He presented numerous
publications at academic conferences on free speech and debate.

After he retired from Trinity in 2006, Professor Harrison volunteered as an
adviser to the debate program, traveling with Trinity teams to offer
instruction or help as a judge.

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives from
Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District in 1982 and served one term, and
was a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on
Veterans' Affairs.  After leaving Congress, Professor Harrison became the
city attorney for Wilkes-Barre before coming to Trinity.

He received a bachelor's degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and
a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.  He was admitted to the Pennsylvania
bar in 1965 and practiced law for several years in Wilkes-Barre.

Donations may be made in memory of Professor Harrison to the Trinity
University debate program.

Sharon Jones Schweitzer
Asst. Vice President for University Communications
Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212
(210) 999-8406
sjones at trinity.edu
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