Jim Harrington, Kalamazoo RESA Board of Education president, dies at 72
Longtime businessman and education advocate Jim Harrington of Kalamazoo died Tuesday, March 17, after a long illness. He was 72. A member of the Kalamazoo RESA Board of Education for 15 years, Harrington was the current board president. Prior to that, he served on the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education for eight years.
“It was a pleasure working with Jim as our Board president,” said Dave Campbell, Kalamazoo RESA superintendent. “Jim was a very dedicated board member and a wise source of advice and history. He was driven by a strong desire to provide quality education to young people and support our local districts in the Kalamazoo RESA service area.”
Harrington was president of Engineered Material Sales. He also served on numerous educational and community boards including Kalamazoo Communities in Schools, the Workforce Development Board, the National School Board Association, the Summit on Racism in Education Commission, the Michigan Association of School Boards, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, and the Kalamazoo County School Officers Association.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, and two grown daughters.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m.
Friday, March 27, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Westside Chapel in
Kalamazoo. The memorial service will be at Langeland’s at 11 a.m. Saturday,
March 28. Memorials in Jim’s name may be
directed to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Communities in Schools or West
Michigan Cancer Center. See
his obituary and sign the guestbook online
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