Dave Harrington, PhD, a long-time 24×7 Magazine board member and frequent contributor to the publication, passed away on Thursday, September 27, after an extended battle with an illness. Harrington, 77, of Medway, Mass., is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy (Geary) Harrington; three sons, Sean Harrington and his wife, Alison Gustafson; Bryan Harrington and his wife, Cheryl; and Todd Harrington and his wife, Britt; six grandchildren, Conor, Camryn, Meghan, Elliot, Patrick, and Kathryn; and two-stepchildren, Ryan and Jenna.
A veteran of the biomed field, Harrington worked in medical engineering at New England Medical Center for many years. He taught biomedical engineering at the Franklin Institute for two decades, in addition to stints at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and Boston University.
In addition to his tenure on the editorial board, Harrington was also very involved in the biomedical industry—locally, nationally and internationally—having published more than 100 articles and working with Mother Teresa while in India. Some of Harrington’s most popular articles include “Making Miracles Happen on a Small Budget,” “Important Lessons from Previous Soapbox Columns,” “Looking Back to Look Ahead,” and “Reflections from the Other Side of Patient Care.”
Harrington, who was heavily involved with the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE), was also beloved by many of his fellow HTM professionals. One such friend and colleague, Matt Baretich, called him a “stalwart of the profession,” who will be sorely missed. “He was one of a handful of pioneers who took time to talk to newcomers like me,” Baretich said. “All of us who have benefited from Dave’s influence must continue to pay it forward.”
Binseng Wang, also a fellow 24×7 Magazine board member and friend, echoed Baretich’s remarks. “I have known him and have been his friend since early 1990s when ACCE was first founded—and especially when the 2nd Advanced CE Workshop was held in Boston,” Wang said. “Indeed, he [was] a strong voice for the CE profession for a very long time and an admired leader among us. I will keep his memory in my mind for a long time.”
Wayne Hibbs, a long-time friend of Harrington, also shared a memory of him, recalling all of the “great times” they had at various conferences and seminars. “Dave will be missed by everyone who has ever met him,” Hibbs said.
A funeral mass will be held for Harrington on Thursday, October 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Medway, Mass. The burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, October 3, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home.
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