Rest in Peace - Harriet Burns
It is deepest sadness and sympathy that I must report this week that on Friday, WDI's first female Imagineer, Harriet Burns passed away.
Harriet worked many years within WDI, being a pioneer to lead the way for several women working behind her. She had shown that just because of her gender, she could work just as hard and diligently along side other Model Shop Imagineers such as Fred Joerger and Rolly Crump to name a few. Crump later recounted in a letter to the Ghost Relations Dept., "Harriet was one of the kindest and most genuine persons I had known at WED. We had spent several years together in the model shop. She had this wonderful sense of humor and was a real hoot."
In terms of the Haunted Mansion, Harriet designed many of the original models that were later constructed into the show scenes we know and love today.
While riding through the Walt Disney World Mansion just yesterday, I had noticed that a very kind and wonderful haunt payed his respects to her tribute tombstone in the Graveyard Finale.
Rest in Peace, Harriet.
-The Ghost Relations Dept.