HARRIET DEAN ‘DEE’ FEARON

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. Harriet Dean “Dee” Fearon, 99, died June 18, 2008, in Mount Shasta, Calif. She was born Nov. 15, 1908, in Taunton, Mass., daughter of Clarence G. and Addie (Vanderwarker) Hathaway. She attended high school in Oak Park, Ill., and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1930 with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. In 1932, she married W. Ross Fearon of Wellesley Hills, Mass., in a chapel ceremony at the university. Mrs. Fearon was a reporter for the Chicago Sunday Tribune and one of the first radio copy writers for J. Walker Thompson Advertising, Chicago. She moved to Boston, where she wrote fashion copy for Filene’s and radio copy for WBZ radio. She retired in 1974 as a staff writer for the Bangor Daily News and became editor of Elderberry Times, Old Town. She was a past president of League of Women Voters of Vermont, a former member of Orono Planning Board and a member of Church of Universal Fellowship. During her retirement, she did research for Bangor Historical Society and served on the board of Bangor Symphony Orchestra as a public relations chairman. In 1983, she wrote a novel called “Hannah and Jonathan,” based on her great-great-grandparents. Her husband, W. Ross Fearon predeceased her in 1989. She is survived by two sons, Robert R. Fearon of Mount Shasta, Calif., and Dr. John R. Fearon of Bellefontaine, Ohio; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private funeral services will be in Mount Shasta, Calif.

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