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Ronald "Ron" Harlan '66 December 29, 2016 10:29 AM updated: December 29, 2016 10:30 AM

Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 28, 2016

Ronald Harlan(1938 - 2016)
Ronald Wade Harlan
Ronald Wade Harlan ascended into heaven on December 22, 2016 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Ron was born in Baytown, Texas on August 24, 1938.
He graduated from Baytown Lee in 1956 where he was captain of the football team. He played football for U of H and completed his BS and MS in Geology. He then earned his PhD in Geology from Texas A&M.
Ron graduated in 1966 and proceeded to fulfill his military obligations, attaining the rank of Captain in the Army Corp of Engineers. After serving his country, Ron returned to the Texas Oil Patch where he worked as an Exploration Manager for several oil companies. After retirement in 1998, Ron continued his career as the President of Exron, his own company.
He received many honors including Outstanding Student at U of H, President of the Houston Geological Society, and Elder at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.
Ron met his wife and soulmate, Dorothy Miller, in a calculus class at U of H in 1957. They married in 1960 and began an amazing journey full of adventure, love, and joy including three children which he held dear.
Ron is survived by his wife Dorothy, and his three children, Angela Shatto (Steve), Heather Michie (David), Tearle Harlan (Beth), and seven grandchildren: Chris, Will, and Sam Shatto; Mariah and Jack Michie; and Sophie and Whit Harlan. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Ada Mae Yeager and William E. Harlan, Jr., his sister, Patricia Harlan Carr, and his brother, William E. Harlan III.
The family thanks Dr. Mya Schiess for her help and guidance. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to the Dr. Schiess' Neurodegenerative Disease Stem Cell Therapy Research Fund at or 6410 Fannin St # 1014, Houston, TX 77030.
Services will be held at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, on Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 pm.

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