|William Henry Harrison Jr.
Joe Holly - The Washington Post 2009
William Henry Harrison Jr., 92, a retired executive with Texas Utilities Co., died May 13
of congestive heart failure at his home in Dallas.
A District native, Mr. Harrison was a descendant of the Harrisons of Virginia, who settled
along the James River in the 1630s and produced a signer of the Declaration of
Independence, a Virginia governor and two U.S. presidents. He graduated from
Western High School (1934) and received his undergraduate degree in law in 1937,
his undergraduate degree in accounting in 1940 and his master's degree in law in 1941,
all from Southeastern University. He served as a Navy lieutenant commander in the
Atlantic during World War II.
In the mid-1930s, he started his career with Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)
in the District and moved to Texas in 1953 as the comptroller with Texas Electric Service
Company in Fort Worth. He moved to Dallas in 1963 to be executive vice president and
chief accounting officer with Texas Utilities Co. He retired in 1984.
In retirement, Mr. Harrison enjoyed working on farmland he owned outside Rockwall,
northeast of Dallas. It reminded him of his family's rural holdings in Maryland's Carroll
Mr. Harrison's wife, Mary Virginia Darcey Harrison, died in 2002.
Survivors include three children, Pamela Wheatley and William H. Harrison III, both of
Dallas, and Patricia Henderson of Little Rock; three grandchildren; and three