HARRIGAN - Richard (Dick), passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 7, after a long struggle with COPD and congestive heart failure. Born July 5, 1934 in New York City, Richard grew up in Corona, Queens, NY. He was a Navy veteran, serving as an aerographer's mate in the forward wing command stationed in Iwakuni, Japan during the Korean War. He was the devoted spouse of Carolyn Pesiri Harrigan for over 59 yrs. The two met in a social dance course as undergraduates of Queens College. Richard and Carolyn were married in Middle Village Queens on August 24, 1957. Although they lived in Jackson Heights for a time, they are long-standing residents of East Northport. Richard was a graduate of Jamaica High School and Queens College. He was a life-long student, completing both his masters and doctoral coursework at Teachers College of Columbia University. He was a former teacher from the Harborfields School District where he taught physics, was chairman of the science department and served as class advisor for multiple years with his colleague and friend Lew Miller. Upon leaving Harborfields, he joined the science and math department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The year they spent together in Florence, Italy as visiting professors enriched their lives forever with new learning, knowledge and friendships. The Harrigan's recently returned to Florence, sharing this experience with two generations of family. Upon retiring from FIT they travelled extensively until health problems forced them to stay closer to home. The world was his classroom and he loved spending time in New York City, at the theatre, dining, and spending time in museums and galleries. Winters were spent away from New York, basking in the sun on the Florida Gulf coast. He enjoyed a chilled bottle of wine and a lobster with family and friends whenever possible. Other passions included sailing on Long Island and in the British Virgin Islands, cooking anything that the NY Times offered a recipe for, and keeping involved in liberal leaning politics. He was a teacher to the end always offering homework assignments and study guides to movies and books he found thought provoking. His kind and generous spirit were evident to his last days. He is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn, his daughters Kathleen (John) of Fredericksburg, VA and Caryn (Howard) of Smithtown, NY and granddaughters Rachel and Sarah. He also leaves behind his siblings John, Paul, Anton and Janice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Service of Suffolk County or the Lattuada Scholarship Fund for study at FIT in Florence at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Memorial service is private at the family's request.
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