* REMEMBERED: Obituary for Patricia Harrison *

A view of my mother in her last years, as remembered by her colleagues on the Millbrook Round Table.

Pat Harrison - at Christmas
Patricia Harrison

Former colleagues remember columnist Patricia Harrison

Patricia Harrison, a former antiques columnist at Taconic Press, passed away last week at the age of 78.

Many of those who worked with her remember Harrison as a gentlewoman who was a pleasure to work with. Former Taconic Weekend Editor Lance Ringel said Harrison had a "kaleidoscopic knowledge and pixie charm." "She really knew her stuff and was delightful to work with," Ringel said, "We got along famously."

Harrison was born on December 6, 1921 in New York City. Her parents were Maxine Bradley Goode and Bernard Richcreek. She was step daughter of George S. Goode. In 1944, Harrison graduated from Barnard College. She went to graduate school at Columbia University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar.

Most recently former Taconic Weekend editor Erin Castle worked with Harrison. She recalled Harrison as a true professional. "I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such an intelligent and talented person as Pat Harrison," she said, adding she had never met Harrison in person but made frequent contact with her by phone. "I appreciated her good humor and eagerness to write, even when illness made it difficult for her to do so."

Helen Meserve, former co-publisher of Taconic Newspapers, said Harrison was one of the first people she hired for Weekend. "She was fantastic," she said. "She knew everything about antiques. She had great flair and humor. We'll miss her."

In addition to writing for Taconic Weekend, Harrison wrote for Antiques and Collectibles, Hudson Valley Magazine and the Woodstock Times. She was previously a feature associate at Vogue and contributed pieces to Ladies Home Journal, New York Magazine and Country Living among others. Harrison is survived by her children, Bray Healy, April, Anne and Brice Harrison, and George and James Chevallier. Harrison is also survived by her brother W. G. Goode, as well as two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.