Harriet W. Rigney, 79, school psychologist


Harriet W. Rigney, a retired Baltimore County public schools psychologist, died of renal failure Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 79 and was a longtime Northwood resident.

Born Harriet Saurborne in Wirt County, W.Va., she graduated from high school in Quinnimont, W.Va. During World War II, she served in the Women's Army Corps.

She earned her bachelor's degree in 1952, and a master's degree in 1958, from Marshall College in Huntington, W.Va.. She taught in elementary and high schools in West Virginia, and worked as a counselor and psychologist at Huntington State Hospital there, before moving to Baltimore in 1962.

After working for several years in vocational rehabilitation at Rosewood State Hospital in Owings Mills, she joined the school system's psychology department in 1966. She worked in its offices in Garrison and Rosedale before retiring in 1991.

A fan of thoroughbred racing, Mrs. Rigney owned several racehorses.

She enjoyed spending summers at a second home at Broad Creek in Harford County, where she liked fishing and boating.

She was married for 55 years to Marshall L. Rigney, who died in 2000.

Services were held Monday.

Mrs. Rigney is survived by a son, George Rigney of New Freedom, Pa.; a daughter, Rusha Weaver of Baltimore; a brother, George Saurborne Jr. of Huntington; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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