Rickey Harman, born and reared in Happy, Texas, graduated from Happy High School in 1964 (same year as Peggy Purser Freeman graduated from Tulia 15 miles to the south). He completed his B.S. in 1968 from West Texas State University, taught a year at Canyon High School, and then completed his M.S. in 1971 also at West Texas State University. From 1968-74, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Rickey and his wife Judy moved to Lubbock in 1971 where he spent the next twenty-five years in various positions such as mathematics professor, registrar, and head of a major fund-raising campaign at Lubbock Christian University and as superintendent of Lubbock Christian School. During the time in Lubbock he received his Doctorate in Education from Texas Tech University in 1982.
After four years as superintendent at Abilene Christian School in Abilene, Rickey and Judy moved to Weatherford in 2003 where he spent eleven years as a math professor at Weatherford College while serving on the faculty senate for eight years and received “faculty member of the year” in 2009.
The Harmans have a daughter, Janna, who is an educational diagnostician in the Keller school system and a grandson, Jake, who is a senior in high school. Rickey has been involved in Lions International for thirty-seven years and has served as a deacon in his church in two different locations.
The Harmans continue to make their home in Weatherford where Rickey is spending much of his retirement time in volunteer work with his church and local non-profit organizations. He is also devoting some of his time working on becoming an author. His book, Happy Days in Happy, Texas, is just about ready for publication and another book concerning Panhandle/South Plains girls’ basketball is nearly half completed.
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