This article was originally published in the summer 2013 Harker Quarterly.
Following a brave battle with cancer, Chris Doll passed away on the afternoon of March 11, surrounded by family members. Harker staff member Doll, who worked as the scheduler for the upper school, was a beloved friend and colleague to all who knew her.
Doll saw Harker through many changes in her 29+ years at the school. She was an integral part of the institution, always going above and beyond her job description. Over the years she wore many hats, including working in the counseling department as well as directly with Diana Nichols, former assistant head of school and current chairman of the Harker Board of Trustees. Doll was known as a “master scheduler” who got her start at Harker as a part-time temporary employee. Not one for accolades, she never publicly accepted her Harker service pin during her many years with the school.
A natural mother hen at Harker, she often imparted her extensive knowledge about relationships, health and handling day-to-day problems. People were drawn to her kindness and her irreverent sense of humor, and she was sincerely loved at Harker. She will be missed deeply. To celebrate her life and service at Harker, a well-attended memorial celebration was held at the school.