L. Richard Harring
June 1, 2009
Dr. L. Richard Harring, a longtime member of Western Michigan University's education faculty, died May 20 in Portage, Mich. He was 72.
Harring came to WMU in 1968 and retired in 1997 as professor emeritus of education and professional development after 29-1/2 years of service to the University.
In addition to his teaching duties, Harring served as director of the WMU Teacher Corps Program, which was part of a nationwide Teacher Corps project to broaden and improve training for educators as well as strengthen educational opportunities for children in locations with high concentrations of low-income families. He also was a key member of the coordinating council that in 1985 resulted in a major revision to the University's elementary education curriculum.
Harring earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University in 1959 and 1963, respectively, and a doctoral degree from Indiana University in 1969.
For the past 35 years, he was deeply involved in Indian culture and Hindu religious practices and made 20 or more visits to India. Harring and his wife, Ruth, worked tirelessly to establish avenues for study and advancement of Indian philosophy, helping to create a Vedantic center in the Kalamazoo area.
Donations in his name may be made to the Sambodh Center for Human Excellence in Kalamazoo or a charity of choice.
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