Ronald Lee Harrod

Ronald Lee Harrod
July 11, 1938 – May 21, 2013

Ronald Lee Harrod went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The family will welcome friends to their home in College Station on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 until 7:00 in the evening. A celebration of Ron’s life is scheduled for noon on Saturday, June 8 at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.

Ron was born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduating in 1956 from Lamar High School where he met his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 53 years, Carol North Harrod. Ron attended Texas A&M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets, graduating in 1960 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation and a June wedding, he served in the Army from 1961 to 1962 before moving back to Houston and working for Johns-Manville for 35 years. Ron and Carol lived in Houston for 30 years, raising their two daughters, Karen and Kathy. In 1993, they moved into a home Ron designed himself in College Station, where he lived close to his cherished A&M and friends both old and new.

Ron loved music and was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. He loved being outdoors and recognized God’s presence through the beauty of nature. His passion for travel led him to visit every state in America. His accomplishments as a photographer allowed him to chronicle those vacation experiences as well as Texas A&M sports. He used his unique artistic ability for many years by painting personalized awards that were presented at A&M sports banquets to senior athletes. He loved Texas A&M, never missing a home or away game for nearly 40 seasons. His most recent contribution to his alma mater was serving as a volunteer in the sports museum.

Along with his wife Carol, Ron was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in College Station where he sang in the choir for many years and was a member of the Christian Collage Sunday School Class.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, George Robert Harrod and Ruby Aderholt Harrod; Carol’s parents, Arthur and Marie North; and his sister, Rosemary Huiet.

Survivors include his loving wife, Carol North Harrod of College Station; daughter Karen and her husband Gary High of Atlanta; daughter Kathy and her husband Steve Newland of Keller; and treasured grandchildren, Catherine and Camille High, and Garrett and Jack Newland. His brother George Robert Harrod Jr., sister-in-law Françoise, and niece Florence survive him also.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley for their exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1600 Joseph Dr., Bryan, TX 77802 or Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 State Hwy. 6 South, College Station, TX 77845.
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  1. A great loss for your family. A loss felt by his Classmates of Class of `60. Judy and I send our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Tom Wisdom `60

  2. Carol: So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. As you know, he and I went all the way through school together, from the 1st. thru the 12th. grade. Sally and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Carol so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My thought and prayers are with your family.

  4. Dear Carol and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. We go back a long way since Lamar High School. I always admired you and Ronnie as the cutest couple. You must be so proud of your accomplishments together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your Friend, always – Martha Kaiser Justice

  5. Carol, Karen and Kathy and their families, please accept my condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know Ron was a great father and grandfather because I have heard it first-hand many times.

  6. Carol and family: our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours. Ron and I were classmates in Mechanical Engineering at A&M.
    Fred Loudon, ’60

  7. I am so sad to hear of Ron’s death. I only knew Ron from the sidelines of Kyle Field where we would meet up each year and enjoy shooting football. We would sweat together and freeze together and he was always great company. I will miss his smile. May God bless his family and be with them in this time of grief. Kathy


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