Doris K. Harriman, 94, Championed Volunteerism

Doris Kenyon Harriman of Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs, formerly of Norwell, died Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham. She was 94. She was the wife of the late Perley Williams Harriman.

Mrs. Harriman was born on January 5, 1909 in Fall River, the daughter of the late Albert E. & Evelyn (Ashworth) Kenyon.

Graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee High School and Truesdale Hospital School of Nursing, she also studied at Boston College and Boston University. Mrs. Harriman was a former assistant director of nursing and the director of in-service education at South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, as well as an instructor of nursing at Quincy Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Harriman was an honorary member of the Truesdale Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association and a former member of the American Nurses' Association and the Massachusetts Nurses' Association, where she was the first chairman of the special interest group for in-service education. She was a member of the Harriman Family Association Wollaston Chapter #156, order of the eastern star. She was a member of the first voluntary service committee at Martha's Vineyard Hospital where she compiled a manual of procedure for volunteers. 

She is survived by her son, Paul K. Harriman and his wife, Cynthia of Norwell; two grandchildren, David K. Harriman of Scituate and Debra L. Farrell of Pawtucket, R.I.; and one great-granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Farrell.

A private graveside service will be held at the family plot in the Melrose Cemetery in Brockton. Donations may be made in Mrs. Harriman's memory to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, MA, 508-693-1495.