In Memoriam -- Wayne Lee Harman (T-12)
Nov. 16, 2021
Wayne Lee Harman, a longtime
Fredericksburg area resident and gentleman of fearless curiosity, died
November 16 of complications from late-stage Parkinson's disease. He was 81.
Wayne will be remembered for his 47 years of tireless service as a
physicist, his passionate volunteer work to preserve the history and
heritage of the region, and his patronage of the Fredericksburg arts
He attended Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and graduated in 1963 with a degree in Physics. He
continued his studies in Physics at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, receiving a graduate degree in 1965. His thirst for adventure
then led him to Ankara, Turkey where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer
teaching Physics at Middle East Technical University. He said that not a day
would pass where he didn't reflect on his experiences there.
In 1968, upon completion of
Peace Corps service, Wayne began his lifelong career as a physicist for the
Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, Virginia. In his first year, he
volunteered to spend four months in Vietnam as a civilian advisor to Admiral
Elmo Zumwalt, who commanded the Naval forces there. Unable to serve
militarily due to his type-1 diabetes, he considered this his opportunity to
contribute to the war effort.
He worked on many missile
programs at Dahlgren, primarily the Tomahawk cruise missile project, serving
as branch head twice, Principal Scientist, and head of the Science and
Technology Council. He was the recipient of numerous recognitions, including
the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the David Brown Award. In
the twilight of his career at the NSWC, he was instrumental in the creation
of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum.
Outside of the office, Wayne
served as President of the Board of the Fredericksburg Center for the Arts,
where he met his wife of 45 years, Lucy Goodloe. He also served on the
boards of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation and the Central
Rappahannock Heritage Center. He volunteered countless hours at the CRHC and
the Dahlgren Heritage Museum.
He loved jazz and rock 'n
roll, which he often played loudly in his convertible on "top-down" days
(any day above freezing). He was a meticulous mixologist and collector of
esoterica, including dragons and more than 2,000 unique banana stickers.
In addition to his wife, he is
survived by his sisters, Janet Ferguson and Carolyn Turk (David); his
brother, Gene Harman; his daughter, Sally Harman (George Harvey); his son,
Goodloe Harman, (Mallory Jones); and his many beloved nieces and nephews.
The Harman family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Wayne's adored
caregivers, Magnis Gonzalez and Marilyn Spottswood.
memorial service will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church on Monday,
November 22 at 11 a.m. The family will receive guests at the home of Lucy
Harman on Sunday, November 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dahlgren Heritage
Museum or the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
The Free Lance - Star on Nov. 1
learn of Wayne's passing. As a member of our T-12 Peace Corps family (along
with my wife Karen), I will remember his quiet, curious and inquisitive
manner - rare among PCVs in their early and mid- 20s. RIP.
-- Warren Master