Robert Andrew Harris, born August 6, 1930 in Trenton, New Jersey to Howard I. and Miriam A. Harris, no longer living, died of natural causes at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington, VT on Monday, December 26, 2011 at the age of 81.
Robert Harris was previously married to Mitzi Dews Kennedy of Lancaster PA, and Patricia Skaggs Hopkins of Salt Lake City, UT and is survived by two sons and three daughters: Myra Lou Harris of Silver Spring, MD; Lisa Harris of S. Newfane, VT; Laurie Harris of Doylestown, PA; R. Andrew Harris of S. Newfane, VT; and Mark Christopher Harris of Keene, NH – all children of his first marriage to Mitzi Kennedy. He is also survived by his brother Albert E. Harris of Cincinnati, Ohio, and five grandchildren.
Mr. Harris retired in 1994 from nearly 22 years of service to the State of Pennsylvania, most of them with the Department of Aging. He received a Masters of Music Ed. from the University of Michigan in 1952, taught music in the Michigan Public Schools, and played clarinet with the Northeastern PA Philharmonic Orchestra, the Murray (Utah) Symphony Orchestra, and the Sylvan Wind Trio, Lancaster, PA. Robert Harris also attended McCormick Theological Seminary, received a Masters of Divinity in 1963, and was pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Celina, OH, and Minister of Neighborhood Concerns at North Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH. Robert A. Harris performed two years of military service, 14 months of that in the Korean War. He was a member of the Unitarian/Universalist Congregations of Columbia, MD and York, PA during his retirement. These accomplishments only begin to express the depth and breadth of his talents and interests.
A memorial service will be held sometime this year - to learn more please contact his son R. Andrew Harris by writing to P.O. Box 35, South Newfane, VT 05351. Mr. Harris requested that instead of flowers memorial contributions be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 241-7000 , afsc.org , or Greenpeace, USA, 702 H Street, NW, Washington, DC20001, (202) 462-1177 , greenpeace.org .
Robert Harris leaves behind many loved ones who will miss his unique perspective on life. We give thanks for his life and ministry.