Anthony Harrigan dies in Va. at 84

Anthony Hart Harrigan

A memorial service for journalist and lecturer Anthony Hart Harrigan is scheduled for 11 a.m. on June 24 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

Harrigan, a former Charleston resident, died May 28 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 84.

He began his journalism career in 1948 as a reporter with The News and Courier.

"Anthony was a very conscientious reporter. He was hard-working and well-informed," said Arthur M. Wilcox, secretary of the Evening Post Publishing Co. and a former editor. "He had a great sense of the news."

Harrigan became a columnist and member of the editorial board. He left the newspaper as an associate editor after nearly 20 years with the company.

The late Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. was an executive of the newspaper who for more than 40 years wrote the popular "Doing the Charleston" column for The News and Courier under the pseudonym Ashley Cooper.

According to his son, columnist and Dr. Edward M. Gilbreth, Frank Gilbreth Jr. spoke often of Harrigan's writing talent. Dr. Gilbreth recalled his father saying that under deadline pressure, Harrigan was the best editorial writer he had ever known.

While at the paper, Harrigan wrote a literary review, "American Letters in Charleston."

After retiring from the newspaper business, Harrigan enjoyed success as a columnist, author and contributing editor to the National Review. He wrote several books and dozens of essays on military affairs, foreign policy and domestic issues, particularly economics.

Harrigan's column was published in more than 250 newspapers. Harrigan also appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

Born Oct. 27, 1925, in New York, Harrigan was the son of the late Anthony H. Harrigan and Elise E. Hutson Harrigan, and a former president of the U.S. Business and Industrial Council, a position he held from 1970 to 1990.

Harrigan sat on professional boards and lectured across the country. He was the executive vice president of Southern States Industrial Council and was a member of the Institute of Strategic Studies. He was also a research associate for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a trustee of the National Humanities Institute.

In the early 1980s, Harrigan was president of the U.S. Industrial Council Educational Foundation and was a research committee member of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. While living in Charleston, Harrigan sat on the boards of the Gibbes Art Gallery and the South Carolina Historical Society.

He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran and was twice awarded the Military Review Award of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Harrigan served as vice chairman of the Philadelphia Society and was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He was a member of the National Press Club, the Carolina Yacht Club, the Reform Club, the Society of Colonial Wars in South Carolina and the Piping and Marching Society.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Ravenel Harrigan of Charlottesville, Va.; four children, Anthony H. Harrigan III of Charleston, Elliott M. Harrigan of Richmond, Va., Chardon Harrigan Jenks of Keswick, Va., and Mary Harrigan Carr of Tallahassee, Fla.; a sister; and 12 grandchildren.