Harold Owen Doering

1920 - 1992

Harold Doering taught organ, piano, and music theory for thirty years at two Seventh-day Adventist colleges. He also spent fifteen years working in electronics and servicing computers at SDA schools and the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Harold was born in Takoma Park, Maryland, on March 20, 1920, one of two children of William A. and Martha A. Glaser Doering. He established a reputation as a talented organist and pianist in his teenage years and while still a student at Washington Missionary College, now Washington Adventist University, began teaching organ there in the early 1940s. He married Irma Faye Berbohm in 1944. They would have two children, Herman William and Nadine Louise (Mosteller).

Although he did not complete a B.A. in music at WMC until 1951, he was hired to teach at Southwestern Junior College beginning in 1950. During his three years there, he started graduate study in music at North Texas State College.

In 1955 he accepted an offer to teach at Union College, but then changed his mind when offered a position at WMC, where he taught for the next six years. He subsequently worked at Indiana Academy for eight years and then at Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

The Doerings retired to California, where they were living when he died in San Bernardino on January 10, 1992, at age 71.


Sources: Obituary, Adventist Review, 4 June 1992, 30; 1930 U.S. Federal Census; 1941 WMC Golden Memories Yearbook, 53, 73; Northern Union Outlook, 2 August 1955, 1,2; Central Union Recorder, 30 August 1955, 3; Lake Union Herald, 14 March 1972, 4, Personal Knowledge.