Harris B. Libby, 86, one of this industry's founding fathers, died of a heart attack Jan. 5. He served as president of the Plumbing & Heating Wholesalers of New England from 1963 to 1965 and later was a founder and active member in the Plumbing & Heating Manufacturers Representatives of New England. He also was a board member of Republic Pipe & Electric Supply, which his father founded in 1912. He formed his own rep firm in 1973, The Harris Libby Co., and was joined by his son, Bob, the following year. He was a partner in Pioneer-Libby Sales, a new firm, until his retirement at age 75. Harris served in the U.S. Navy for five years during World War II attaining the rank of Lt. Commander. He was awarded a letter of commendation from Admiral Halsey for bravery. He was active in Jewish charities. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Natalie. Memorials may be contributed to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Ill. 60601.