Harry A. Rose, 54, a retired Prince George's County public school principal who was active in his church, died Sept. 23 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He had a brain tumor.

Mr. Rose, who lived in Laurel, was born in Boone, Iowa. He graduated from Drake University in Iowa and earned a master's degree at the University of Nebraska. He served in the Navy during the Korean conflict and later studied and taught at the University of Mexico.

In 1955, he moved to the Washington area and joined the Prince George's public school system in 1956. He was the principal at Nicholas Orem Junior High in Hyattsville and then at Kenmore Junior High in Lanham. He was principal of Dwight D. Eisenhower Junior High in Laurel from 1975 until 1981. He retired earlier this year.

In the 1970s, Mr. Rose received the William S. Schmidt Award from the Prince George's County Board of Education.

He was an ordained teacher of the Reorganized Church of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also was a clinical member of the Transactional Analysis Association.

Survivors include his wife, Louise K., of Laurel; four children, Robert A., of Beltsville, and Michael W., Elisa A. and Melinda J., all of Laurel; his mother, Mary E. Burris of Boone, and one grandson.