Harma Petersen McKenzie

John P. St. John Memorial High School
Class of 1941

(June 26, 1924 —       )

Graduating high school as one of the Highest Honor Students, Harma earned a scholarship to Ottawa University and graduated with more honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Harma combined her talents of speaking and writing and has spent more than 65 years giving back to the community. Her forte is leading workshops, volunteering, and presenting travelogues. In 1980, Harma was elected president of the American Baptist Women of the Central Region. In 1981, Harma was selected as one of 12 outstanding women of the American Baptist Women’s (ABW) Ministries of the Central Region. From 1983-87, she was on the National ABW Board. In 1993, she and her husband, Emory, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Association of Ottawa University for their work with Rotary, Harma’s involvement in the ABW Ministries, and her leadership in the Ottawa community.