Harold E. G. Lusher ’48 died on February 27, 2017, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
(The following was published online at necrocanada.com, March 9, 2017:)
We are saddened to announce the death of Prof. Harold Edward Lusher on late Monday, February 27, 2017, following a short
Harry was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in 1927. When he was five years old, his father died. He and his brother were
educated at Girard College Boarding School for Fatherless Boys in Philadelphia.
Harry attended Bowdoin College in Maine on a James Bowdoin scholarship from 1945 to 1950, with two years Army Service in between, and he graduated with a BA. He went on to study German language and literature at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland between 1951 and 1956, where he earned his MA and his PhD. In between, he studied for a year at the University of Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship. He was appointed an Associate Professor in the Department of German and Russian at UNB in 1956. He became a full professor in 1972. He spent his entire academic career at UNB and retired in 1992. Harry became a Canadian Citizen in 1976. He had a great love for his adopted Province and Country.
He was predeceased by his father George Thomas Lusher in 1932 and his mother Emilie W. Rushing in 2002. Until her death, he visited his mother every year at her home in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Harry was also predeceased by his younger brother Richard in 2005, leaving behind his sister in law Meryl Clarke, and by his
half-sister Nancy Lee Viar in 2015, leaving behind his niece Tracey Raleigh and his nephew David Viar.
Harry was a great friend to his colleagues at UNB. He would recall with precision the days and hours until end of term. Some will remember the Faculty Frolics in his early years and Harry’s solo performance of Guzzler’s Gin. He was acknowledged to be an excellent teacher of German. He will be missed.