Former VA Eighth District Democratic Congressman Herbert Harris died on Christmas Eve. He was 88.
After serving as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Harris was elected to the House of Representatives in 1974 and served for three terms. He was one of the break through Liberal Democratic office holders during the time when the Northern Virginia suburbs were still quite conservative. Many credit him for bringing Metro to Northern Virginia. He was instrumental in numerous other projects that benefited the area and was a tireless advocate for federal civil servants. In his Washington Post obituary he is quoted as saying “I’d hate to live in a world of moderates. I think you have to stand for something.” A link to the obituary is below.
On the personal level, Susan Kellom remembers Harris as an honorable, kind and thoughtful man with a devilish sense of humor. He and his wife Nancy made campaigning fun and instinctively knew how to make volunteers feel appreciated and part of the team.
His funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Jan. 5, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Address: 8710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309; Phone: (703) 780-4055
Interment will follow at 1:00 p. m. at Quantico Veterans Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=11460&11460.donation=form1&pw_id=1821
Washington Post obituary: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/herbert-e-harris-ii-former-congressman-from-northern-virginia-dies-at-88/2014/12/29/37a14856-8d1a-11e4-9e8d-0c687bc18da4_story.html