Friends celebrate Dusenbery's 99th birthday

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Esther Short -- Harris Dusenbery befriended Bob Farrell, the founder of Farrell's Ice Cream parlors, decades ago during a rafting trip on the Colorado River. Many years later, the two men bumped into each other inside downtown Vancouver's Heritage Place condominium development -- and realized they both lived there. When friends threw a party for Dusenbery's 99th birthday late last month, Farrell made a rousing introductory speech, praising Harris for his kindness and compassion, as well as his self-sacrificing generosity in support of local organizations from the Vancouver Symphony to Share. Dusenbery, who won a Lifetime of Giving Award from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington last year, read each and every card he was given, and gave a brief speech of thanks. His actual birth date is Feb. 26. He is a retired Social Security administrator and Army veteran who served with the 10th Mountain Division and wrote two books about the experience: "Ski the High Trail: World War II Ski Troopers in the High Colorado Rockies," and "North Apennines and Beyond with the 10th Mountain Division." Both are available at Amazon.com.