Harriet P. Renison, teacher

August 6, 2012

Harriet P. Renison, 94, who taught music and third grade in New York state for more than three decades before moving to the Washington area in 1990, died July 25 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney.

She had sepsis, said her son, William Renison.

Harriet Anna Plume was born on her family’s farm in Albany, N.Y. She graduated in 1940 from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she studied piano and bassoon. She received a master’s degree in education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany in 1952.

Mrs. Renison taught at schools in Albany and Rochester, specializing in gifted and special education, before her retirement in 1977. She also performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

In 1990, Mrs. Renison moved to the Asbury Methodist Village retirement facility in Gaithersburg. There, she did volunteer work including performing in concerts and teaching English as a foreign language. She was a frequent organizer of musical and social activities.

She attended services at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase.

Her husband of 55 years, John P. Renison, died in 1998. Survivors include two children, Linda Calvert of Alexandria and William Renison of Washington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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