Kiko (Francis B.)Harrison passed away peacefully in Caldwell, Texas on Feb. 20, 2014.
He was born in 1921 in the Philippines, where his father was the governor-general. When he was three weeks old his father retired from politics and his family moved to Scotland. He also lived in England, France and Switzerland as a child, then started college at Cambridge.
When WWII began to encroach on England, non-British citizens were asked to leave the country, so he moved to the United States at the age of 19. He graduated from Princeton, then had a difficult decision to make. A pacifist at heart, he decided that America’s involvement in WWII was morally valid. He took a commission in the Navy, and was the targeting officer on the submarine USS Flasher, which sank the most tonnage of Japanese ships during the war.
After the war he returned to Princeton for his PhD in physics. He worked for TRW and Los Alamos National Lab, then moved to Orcas Island after he retired. This was without a doubt the happiest time of his life. He cherished his wife Kamala and their many wonderful friends on Orcas, who helped him break out of his innate introversion.
He worked in friends’ gardens, went for many long walks and thoroughly loved the wildlife. He wrote a book entitled “Love, Sex, Marriage” to help young people make wiser choices. He was a passionate advocate for improved education and developed a phonetic alphabet. He supported many liberal causes, and was writing a very carefully researched book on how to improve life in the U.S. When Kamala developed worsening heart failure, he spent his last 10 years on Orcas taking loving and devoted care of her. After she passed away in 2012 he moved to Texas to be near his daughter, Leslie.
This kind, gentle, wise soul passed on with his daughter Michelle stroking his forehead as he took his last breath.
He is survived by his children: Peter, Charles, Cary, Leslie and Michelle, as well as eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for him at 2 p.m. on July 12 at Indralaya. All his friends are welcome to come help us celebrate this wonderful man’s life.