Monday, July 28, 2008

Rest in Peace - Harriet Burns

Greetings Ghost Fans,

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shocker. 79 is not that old, and she seemed so vigorous, attending numerous Disney-related events this year. She'll be missed.

"Cujo31" at, who works in maintenance at WDW, had announced on the DB boards that he was thinking about laying a rose on Harriet's tribute tombstone. I had hoped that someone would get a picture, so thanks GRD for snapping a pic and posting it.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting that rose pic. It's a nice tribute to Harriet. For those who have trouble finding the epitaph, the "H" looks like a backwards "N" in photos, and it's H SNRUB. She shares that tribute stone with several other Imagineers, too.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there Yesterday and saw the rose on the tombstone but i didn't know what it was for.

11:36 AM  
Blogger nojarama said...

She will be missed dearly by us all. Hope to see/meet her on the other side!

12:28 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

That's a great tribute! Very nicely done. May she rest in peace while we enjoy her work.

2:18 PM  

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