PITTSBORO, N.C. -- Daniel Dunaway Harlan, 88, of Carrboro, N.C., died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at The Laurels of Chatham, Pittsboro, N.C.
Dan was a member of the University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C. He graduated from The American University, Washington, D.C., and Boston University, Boston, Mass., and was an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church.
He served churches for 18 years in Maryland, Maine, Alaska, New Mexico and Virginia.
In a second career, Dan served 16 years in the Maine Department of Agriculture, the final five years appointed by Gov. Joseph Brennan as deputy commissioner. He strongly supported Heifer Project International and served as chair of the Maine affiliate for five years.
He organized a national Harlan reunion, resulting in an ongoing Harlan Family Association.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Harlan of Carrboro, N.C.; daughters Christina Harlan of Chapel Hill, N.C., Karen Marysdaughter of Monroe, Maine, Rachel Harlan of Arlington, Va., Natalie Harlan of Flagstaff, Ariz., and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Daisy Harlan of Zanesville, Ohio; his brother, Otho B. Harlan of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; his brother, Joseph G. Harlan of Tulsa, Okla.; and his sister, Mary Esther Harlan Moore of Circleville, Ohio.
Memorial donations may be made to Heifer Project International (www.heifer.org).
Dan's sense of humor enlivened all of his endeavors. He is remembered by loving family and friends for his dedication to scholarship, artistic flair and commitment to social justice.