Richard C. Harman '35

Chapter EternalDick Harman entered the Chapter Eternal at his home in the Akron, Ohio, suburb of Silver Lake on October 22, 2010. He was 97 years old.

He grew up in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, born February 4, 1913, the second of three sons of Benjamin and Minnie Harman. Dick and his two brothers, Bob '37 and John '37, each graduated from Denison. Older brother, Bob, had first enrolled in Wittenburg Univ. where he joined another fraternity before transferring to Denison. Dick, the first Harman initiated into Sigma Chi, was later joined by brothers, John and Bob (social member) in Mu Chapter. 

Following graduation in 1935, culminating his distinguished college career -- Mu Chapter Consul, varsity basketball captain, elected to ODK Senior Men's Leadership Honorary -- Dick accepted employment with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. As with all college men at the time, he started on the car-tire production line, moving into management in the finance department. His steady advancement culminated in being elected assistant Treasurer for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and subsidiaries, the position from which he retired in 1975. 

Dick's Goodyear career included community leadership, serving as Chairman of Goodyear's Employees Activities Committee, Chairman of the City-wide United Fund, YMCA Membership Campaigns and Bond drives. Separately, he headed the YMCA Board of Trustees Financial Committee and was Chairman of Boy Scouts of America fundraising campaigns in Cuyahoga Falls. For many years he served as treasurer for the Northeast Summit Family Services agency.

Recognizing these activities, Dick was named winner of the Goodyear Spirit Award and his file includes many letters and commendations from friends, fellow workers, and the worldwide banking community.

Dick was devoted to his family. He and his wife, Helen, who died in 1993, were married for 55 years. All three children -- Steve '62, Becky (Williams) '66 and Kathy (Seitz) '69 -- graduated from Denison. As active church members, Dick’s Christian values were put into practice in all aspects of his life.

His deep involvement in the affairs of the Sigma Chi Fraternity had its roots in his college years when he was elected Mu Chapter's Consul. As an alumnus, he served as Chairman of Mu Chapter Alumni Association and co-chaired, with George Norton '35, Mu's 100-year anniversary celebration in 1968. He also was president of the Akron Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter and chaired the committee to establish Zeta Lambda Chapter at Kent State University. His fraternity work brought high recognition from the General Fraternity, first in the form of two Grand Consul Citations and, later, receiving the Fraternity’s highest recognition for service to Sigma Chi, The Order of Constantine.

Dick maintained close ties to Denison his entire life and was a loyal supporter of the university and the athletic department, especially basketball. Dick was proud of the fact that his three children graduated from Denison and, through his encouragement, that many others chose Denison, too.

He took pride in being a member of the 50th Reunion Committee and was part of the original group, that included Bob Amos '35 and George Norton '35, that established Denison’s annual reunion in Naples, Florida. In 1991, he received the university’s highest alumni recognition, the Denison Alumni Citation, for achievements in his career and community.   

In retirement, Dick continued to serve his church and community. He volunteered his time to the Silver Lake Park Board for 15 years and served as its chairman for 14 of those years.

Dick was survived by his three children and their families, including 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The importance of Sigma Chi Fraterntiy was underscored in a fitting Memorial Service that included the White Rose Ceremony and an announcement that Dick's family had established the "Richard C. Harman Life Loyal Sig Award" at Mu Chapter in his honor.

All honor to his name.

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