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Dorinda Bird Quarterman Harmon

July 24, 1953 — March 25, 2024

Charleston

Dorinda Bird Quarterman Harmon

Dorinda Bird Quarterman Harmon, 70, of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Terry Wayne Harmon entered into eternal rest Monday, March 25, 2024. Her Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 28, 2024 in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King Street at 12:00 pm. Interment, Bethany Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Dorinda was born July 24, 1953 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late William Ruddell Quarterman, Jr. of Savannah and Lila Wingate Quarterman of Charleston, SC. She graduated from St. Andrew's Parish Elementary, Junior High, and with honors from St. Andrew's Parish High School. Dorinda was a cum laude graduate from Appalachian State University with a BA in General Studies (Liberal Arts) in 1975 where she was elected secretary to the Residence Council. Dorinda earned a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from USC in 1977. She worked in long-term care in Sumter, private rehabilitation services throughout the state, in historic interpretation volunteer/events management at Charles Town Landing State Park and in Continuing Education/Conference Management at the College of Charleston. She then moved into Undergraduate Admission at the College of Charleston working primarily with returning adults and transfer applicants along with bridge programs as an admissions director. 

Profession organizations and recognition included serving on the Boards of Directors of the Southern Association for Registrars and Admission Officers in multiple positions including President, VP for Admissions and President of  the Newsletter Editor, President of the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, President of the Higher Continuing Education and as a sought-after higher education topical speaker at numerous local, state, regional and national professional organizations. In 2005, Dorinda was named the Continuing Education Professional of the Year by South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education. Her article, Integrated Marketing for Continuing Education, was published by the CollegeBoard in best practices publication. Her interview article was also published in The SACRAO Journal. 

Avocationally, Dorinda served as chairman and board member for the Fort Johnson Middle School Improvement Council for several years. She served as Chairman of the Charleston Fiber Guild, a member of the Cobblestone Quilt Guild for many years and was a charter member of Charleston Crafts. As a member of the Charleston Crafts cooperative from its inception in 1989, Dorinda served the organization in numerous board and director positions including Chairman (twice), Gallery Manager (twice) and in public relations. She also coordinated, both by herself and subsequently with a peer group, the annual Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows from 1990 until 2017. Dorinda was an artist, primarily working in fiber arts and also taught basket weaving and fiber arts techniques to many students throughout the Lowcountry. Her miniature baskets and needlework ornaments were featured in a Southern Living Christmas Annual. 

Dorinda is survived by her husband, Terry; her beloved son, Daniel S. Harmon; sister, Emmie Q. Beck (Fred); brother, Victor R. Quarterman (Cindy), nephews: Will Beck, Rudy Quarterman (Elizabeth); niece, Susan Rowell (Mark); grandnephews: Trip Quarterman and Cooper Rowell; and grandniece, Cailey Rowell. She was predeceased by her brother, David Quarterman. 

Dorinda was a confirmed member and handbell choir member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. 

Memorials may be made to the Coastal Conservation League, 131 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403; Pet Helpers, 1447 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412; or an animal rescue charity of one's choice. 


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Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Thursday, March 28, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

405 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

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Interment

Thursday, March 28, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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