Harold E. Harris Memorial Scholarship
The son of farming parents, Harold E. Harris was born and raised in Bloomfield, Iowa. He enrolled in the University of Iowa, where he met his school expenses by working as a barber and cafeteria worker and by stoking the furnaces of his professors’ homes each morning before class. This background enabled him to understand other people’s hardships and needs, which is why it is so appropriate that his family and friends established the Harold E. Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory.
After graduating from the UI with a combined B.S/M.D. degree, Dr. Harris served a one-year internship at the Marine Hospital in San Francisco, where he worked with the Public Health Service. He then went to the Cleveland Clinic to specialize in otolaryngology, where he became department head in 1949 and remained until his retirement in 1974.
Throughout his long career, Dr. Harris distinguished himself through the industriousness, innovation, and sheer vigor he brought to his practice. He was a pioneer in surgery to restore hearing loss and in medical treatments for tinnitus. In addition to his practice, Dr. Harris also was a teacher at Case Western Reserve University and at the Cleveland Clinic. He tried to instill in his students a sense of responsibility “to help the sick and keep the healthy well.”
Dr. Harris was devoted to his wife, Tracie, and his two children. He encouraged his daughter and son to be creative, responsible individuals. He also loved the outdoors, especially gardening and observing wildlife.
After his death in 1975, the Harris family and friends established the Harold E. Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund. They hope UI medical students will carry on Dr. Harris’s mission to help the sick and take care of others.
Congratulations on receiving the Harold E. Harris Memorial Scholarship