Patricia Roberts Harris
American diplomat
Patricia Roberts Harris
Patricia Roberts Harris served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (which office was renamed Secretary of Health and Human Services during her tenure). She was the first African American woman to serve in the United States Cabinet, and the first to enter the line of succession to the Presidency.
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For Museum and Memorial, Issues of Money and Fence-Mending Lie Ahead
NYTimes - over 5 years
On Sunday, 3,652 days after it was reduced to a smoldering pyre, an eight-acre patch of Lower Manhattan will finally be prepared for its ultimate purpose: remembering 2,983 people who were murdered by terrorists. The dedication of the memorial plaza of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum should be a cathartic event for the families of the
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Architect and 9/11 Memorial Both Evolved Over the Years
NYTimes - over 5 years
A FEW years ago the World Trade Center memorial was in trouble. Michael Arad, an unknown young architect, had won the design competition in 2004, and by 2006 the estimated cost of the memorial and related projects had nearly tripled, to close to a billion dollars. Construction had still not begun. The project seemed to be ''spinning out of
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In the wake of Irene, business as usual for most in Vermont, New Hampshire - Boston Globe (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Meanwhile, Globe correspondents Patricia Harris and David Lyon just returned from a three-day trip to the Green Mountain State. Read their account here. About globe-trotting Travel news, tips, deals and dispatches. Kari Bodnarchuk writes about outdoor
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Weekdays 4p et - Fox News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It's about time he decided to approach us" said Gulf War veteran Patricia Harris, who voted for Obama in 2008 and plans to support him again in 2012. When asked if she thought more of her fellow legionnaires were leaning toward voting for Obama these
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Police charge DC man in Md. double homicide - WTOP
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Quindell Glen Mercer, 34, is charged with first and second degree murder after police say he killed Patricia Harris, 56, and her son, Frank Harris Jr., 20, on Aug. 4 at their Fort Washington home on the 11800 block of Hickory Drive
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Mayor's Charity Pipeline - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Nine ex-city employees now work at Bloomberg Philanthropies, in addition to current First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris. Outside her City Hall duties, Ms. Harris acts as the foundation's unpaid chief executive and chairwoman
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Allison Rupp: West Knox French teachers travel to Montreal - Knoxville News Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Middle row are Jane Weaver of Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School in Nashville, Patricia Harris of Bearden High School and seated is Stephanie Clark of Karns High School. Spanish is usually the foreign language of choice for both students and teachers
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Like natives... - Boston Globe
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Carla Conti greeted us at her Trastevere apartment with a freshly baked cake and showed us the cozy rooms carved out of the ground level of a 13th-century building on via dei Salumi. Then she got down to business
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Slain Fort Washington mother, son honored for legacy of service - Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Google News - over 5 years
Patricia Harris' older son from a previous relationship, Quindell Mercer, 34, has been identified by police as a person of interest in the case. Mercer is currently wanted on unrelated assault charges in North Carolina, and his whereabouts are unknown
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Neighbors, church grieve for mother, son, slain in Fort Washington - Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
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When Linda Middleton and her family first moved next door to Frank and Patricia Harris and their son, Frank Lamar Harris, on Hickory Drive in Fort Washington about seven years ago, the family was welcoming and friendly. She said Frank Harris loaned
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Police search for fourth family member following Fort Washington double homicide - Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
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Neighbors mentioned an older son that Patricia Harris had who stayed with the Harris family on and off. Patricia Harris and Frank Lamar Harris were found dead from multiple gunshots at about 5 am Wednesday in the 11800 block of Hickory Drive,
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Living with art - Boston Globe
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BILBAO, Spain - Local teens are probably oblivious that an international panel of critics surveyed by Vanity Fair last year anointed the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao the most important piece of architecture since 1980
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Special delivery - Boston Globe
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WEIRS BEACH, NH - As Captain Chris Day eases the M/V Sophie C. away from the dock, past the gigantic M/S Mount Washington steamboat and out onto Lake Winnipesaukee, postmistress Anne Nix has her hands full
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Hottest viral airline videos - Boston Globe (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Patricia Harris, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture. Paul E. Kandarian, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs New England and Caribbean
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Costco Gas Station Exception Hearing Postponed 'Until Further Notice' - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Patricia Harris, of Holland and Knight, who is representing Costco for the special exception, had not returned multiple phone calls by time of publication. Interested in a follow-up to this article? Great, we'll send you an email as soon as a follow-up
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Victim's wife sues city over fatal police shooting in Oak Ridge - Oak Ridger
Google News - over 5 years
Patricia Harris, wife of Rodney Eugene Harris, filed the lawsuit along with the estate of Harris, and is seeking compensatory and/or punitive damage and other relief, as "deemed just and equitable." A monetary amount is not listed in the lawsuit
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Widow of man killed in deadly Oak Ridge shooting files lawsuit - WBIR-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Patricia Harris said her husband suffered from severe mental illness and officers didn't make appropriate efforts to calm him down. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, but doesn't name a specific amount
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Kings of the grill - Boston Globe
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We take it for granted, but the hamburger may be America's supreme culinary achievement. It's certainly the first thing that friends visiting from Europe want to eat. That's not to say that Europeans can't be snobbish
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patricia Roberts Harris
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 60
    That year, she was appointed a full-time professor at the George Washington National Law Center, a position she served in until her death from breast cancer, on March 23, 1985.
    More Details Hide Details She was interred at the Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 52
    Between 1977 and 1979 she served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and in 1979, she became Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. After the Department of Education Organization Act came into force on May 4, 1980, the educations functions of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare were transferred to the Department of Education. Harris remained as Secretary of the renamed Department of Health and Human Services until Carter left office in 1981. Because the department had merely changed names, as opposed to disbanding with new department being created, she did not face Senate confirmation again after the change. Harris unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Washington, D.C., in 1982, losing the September 14 primary election that year to incumbent mayor Marion Barry.
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    Harris was appointed to the cabinet of President Jimmy Carter when he took office in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details She thus became the first African American woman to enter the Presidential line of succession, at number 13.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 47
    She continued making an impact on the Democratic Party when, in 1972, she was appointed chairman of the credentials committee and a member-at-large of the Democratic National Committee in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details A testimony to her effectiveness and her commitment to excellence came when President Jimmy Carter appointed her to two cabinet-level posts during his administration.
  • 1969
    Age 44
    Following her service as Dean of Howard's School of Law from 1969 to 1972, she joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, one of Washington, D.C.'s most prestigious law firms.
    More Details Hide Details In 1971, Harris was named to the board of directors of IBM. In addition she served on the boards of Scott Paper Co. and Chase Manhattan Bank.
  • 1965
    Age 40
    Soon after his victory, President Johnson appointed her Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1965 to 1967.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first African American woman named as an American envoy. She said, "I feel deeply proud and grateful this President chose me to knock down this barrier, but also a little sad about being the 'first Negro woman' because it implies we were not considered before."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 39
    She worked in Lyndon Johnson's presidential campaign and seconded his nomination at the 1964 Democratic Convention.
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  • 1963
    Age 38
    In 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed her co-chairman of the National Women's Committee for Civil Rights. In 1964, Harris was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the District of Columbia.
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  • 1960
    Age 35
    Her first position with the U.S. government was as an attorney in the appeals and research section of the criminal division of the Department of Justice in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details There she met and struck up a friendship with Robert Kennedy, the new attorney general.
    Roberts received her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1960, ranking number one out of a class of 94 students.
    More Details Hide Details Harris worked briefly for the U.S. Department of Justice before returning to Howard University in 1961 as an associate dean of students and law lecturer at Howard's law school. In 1963, she was elevated to a full professorship and, in 1969, she was named Dean of Howard University's School of Law, another first for a black woman. She resigned a month later as Dean of Howard University’s School of Law when Howard University President James E. Cheek refused to support her strong stand against student protests.
  • 1955
    Age 30
    There she met William Beasley Harris, a member of the Howard law faculty; they were married on September 1, 1955.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 28
    Until 1953, she worked as the Assistant Director of the American Council on Human Rights.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first national executive director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, of which she was a member.
  • 1946
    Age 21
    She did postgraduate work in industrial relations at the University of Chicago from 1946 to 1949 and at American University in 1949.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1943
    Age 18
    During this time she participated in one of the nation's first lunch counter sit-ins in 1943.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    Born on May 31, 1924.
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