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Charles A. Harper, a chemical engineer who worked on NASA programs, dies

Charles A. Harper, a chemical engineer who worked on NASA programs, dies

Charles A. Harper, a chemical engineer who worked on projects for NASA, died from complications of pneumonia Feb. 26 at Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge retirement community.

He was 91.

Mr. Harper was born the first of four children in Ridgeley, W.Va., just over the Maryland border. The family moved to Allegany County when Harper was in high school. His father, Charles C. Harper, was a coal miner and farmer and his mother, Edith Higgs Harper, was a housewife.

Mr. Harper graduated from J. Glenn Beall High School in Frostburg in 1945. He attended the Johns Hopkins University on a senatorial scholarship. He was the first in his family to graduate from college.

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