Mary Harrington

    Former Minnesota Duluth forward and two-time U.S. Olympian John Harrington and his family celebrated the life of his mother, Mary, this week. Mary Harrington, a teacher at Virginia High School for 22 years, died Sunday in Richfield, Minn., at age 86.

       Mary Harrington grew up in Minneapolis, was valedictorian of her 1940 Washburn High School class and graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in history. She was later commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1944. Recalled to active service during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Awarded a Yale University fellowship in 1955.

     She would go on to teach in Granite Falls, Minn., the former Ely Junior College, and then Roosevelt High School in Virginia, and raise six children with her husband, Charles. Her funeral was Thursday in Minneapolis.

     John Harrington, 52, played at UMD from 1975-79. was on U.S. Olympic teams in 1980 and 1984, and later was an assistant coach at Denver and St. Cloud State, before becoming head coach at St. John’s University from 1993-2008. He’s in his first season as coach with HC Asiago in Italy. Asiago opens its season Saturday.