is the last, surviving member of the class of 1928, Marshfield High
School. He was born in Marshfield (Coos Bay) on February 1, 1911,
the youngest of two sons of Robert P. and Ada (Crain) Harrington.
Everett attended Central School and entered MHS in 1924. Ernest
Harrington, his older brother by twenty years, served on the school
board in 1936 when the present high school was constructed.
Ernest’s name is on a bronze plaque near the main entrance.
with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1934 from Oregon State
University, then known as OAC (Oregon Agricultural College). He
began federal employment in 1939 when hired by the newly-created
Bonneville Power Administration. World War II interrupted his
employment at BPA. He served from 1941 to 1945 as a lieutenant in
the U.S. Navy. Following the war he returned to Oregon and married
Virginia Stovall of Bandon. Everett rose rapidly in the BPA to
become Chief of System Engineering and then Assistant Chief
Engineer, the highest position in the BPA not held by political
leadership and design the BPA conceived and built an 850-mile,
direct-current line to send the electricity from the hydropower dams
of the Pacific Northwest to California. The “DC Intertie” was for
many years the longest, high voltage DC line in the country.
Everett also designed a mobile trailer to assist manufacturers in
testing equipment on BPA lines. This device remains in use in
2013. He also designed power towers on skids that are periodically
dragged back into position on the landslides near Bonneville Dam in
the Columbia Gorge, an innovative and cost-saving means of
sustaining delivery of electricity.
In 1975 the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recognized Everett
Harrington for his “contributions in the application of high-voltage
circuit breakers, high voltage series and shunt capacitors, and
high-voltage direct-current transmission technology.” He
subsequently received a Distinguished Service Award and a Gratitude
Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Everett retired from
BPA in 1972 and he and his wife, and youngest daughter settled at
Tumalo where he built a new home, shop, and swimming pool and began
farming eighty acres of alfalfa. The Harringtons later lived at Sun
River and at Palm Desert. In 2006 they moved to Charbonneau south
of Portland, Oregon. They have three children–Stephen, Beverly, and
Susan-- and four grandchildren. Their son, Steve, holds over 100
patents for his inventions as an engineer for the Xerox Corporation.
by Stephen Dow Beckham, class of '58, in January of 2013.
Everett will turn 102 in Februrary.)