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Via Press Release
07/27/2014 12:15 PM
Mike Ryan (left) and Harry Homer Humphry. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Harry Humphry, one of the founders of the Amador Senior Center passed away on Sunday, June 8th in Arcata where he had moved to be closer to his son, Dr. Ted Humphry.

Led by Harry, a group of seniors joined forces in the late 1970’s to design and raise funds to build a senior center for Amador County. Harry approached Fred Joyce, who was the Supervisor for District #3 at the time, and the two of them got the Board of Supervisors to agree to match the funds if the seniors could raise $250,000. The money was raised and in 1985, the Amador Senior Center was opened.

Harry was concerned about how it would continue to operate in the future, so in 1987, he created the Amador Senior Foundation. The foundation now contributes a substantial amount to the Senior Center and to Common Ground Senior Services. He served on the Board of the Amador Senior Foundation until he moved to Arcata.

Harry was also active in many other aspects of life in Amador County. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Riggs Humphry, who was the county health officer for many years, were active in the Volcano Theater Company. Harry was also the administrator for the Pioneer Clinic for several years, and active on the Sutter Hospital Community Advisory Board. He served as the first Senior Senator for Amador (and Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne and Alpine) in the California Senior Legislature. He was actively involved in the schools and helped to get a school bond passed.

Harry’s legacy is far-reaching, but he was such a quiet leader that many people do not even know the depth of his contributions to this county.

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