Longtime local developer, political figure and community activist Harry Harrison died Sunday at age 91.
He served on the Menlo Park Planning Commission from 1988 to 1996, and on the board of the West Bay Sanitary District for many years. In 1997, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the City Council. For years, he was a fixture at Menlo Park council meetings, where he offered his views on a wide variety of topics.
He was active in many community affairs, including as a volunteer at Little House in Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Farmers' Market. He was a member of the Live Oaks Lions Club and a board member of the Menlo Park Historical Association.
In 1999, he won the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Golden Acorn Award for individual achievement in community service.
See this 1999 Almanac story: Harry Harrison does it all with a smile.
During his career as a developer, he built 42 houses in Ladera and a "fair number" of other houses in the area, he said.
The Almanac will publish an obituary on Mr. Harrison.