Edgar G. Harris
November 14, 1933 – April 27, 2021
Dr. Edgar Goodbar Harris, DDS
Ed passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021 at the age of 87. Ed was born in Temple, but he grew up in Fort Worth which he called home, and attended Poly High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Rice University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the University of Texas Dental School, which began his lifelong love affair with all things Longhorn. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1961 to 1964 as a Lieutenant in the Dental Corps aboard the USS Oriskany, an aircraft carrier which was deployed in the Pacific. Ed had two children, Jeff Harris and Shannon Harris, during this time with his wife Nancy Winfield.
Upon returning to the US, he settled in Austin where he grew his dental practice and lived for the remainder of his life. He remarried to Patricia Kirkwood in 1973, becoming father to Bruce, her son by previous marriage. Ed and Pat then embarked on a fantastic adventure of life, full of travel, friends, and family.
Ed built his practice in the “Golden Molar” office building, an iconic Austin fixture, and his reputation for telling jokes and putting his patients at ease while pulling their teeth led to a large and successful practice which he finally sold almost 40 years after he started. Ed was the Longhorn football team dentist for many years, and enjoyed bantering with the players and attending games.
Ed loved people, and never tired of saying that he was an extrovert. He and his wife Pat traveled all over the world, visiting over 100 countries together. Ed helped Pat, who owned a travel agency, with group tours, employing his charm and easy manner to make everyone feel comfortable. At home in Austin, the couple were very active socially, as members of the Westwood Country Club and The Headliner’s Club, among others. They also belonged to numerous charitable organizations, and Ed was involved with many of these including the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and the Longhorn Foundation.
Ed also enjoyed his time with his family. He loved being in the outdoors with his children; swimming, boating, water skiing, and having cookouts. He had a wonderful and zany sense of humor, wearing silly t-shirts and hats, and teasing his wife and children and playing mild practical jokes. Into his twenties, his son Bruce was still convinced that Ed was a kung fu master, and all of his kids (and some grandkids) had knots in their heads from having “loose screws” tightened. But Ed also instilled an ethic of hard work and achievement in his children, rising every morning before dawn to faithfully go to work.
Ed is survived by his beloved wife for almost 50 years, Pat of Austin, and his brother Monte Harris of Fort Worth. He is also survived by his son Jeff and daughter-in-law Mandy Harris and their children Kayla and Autumn of Katy, Texas; and by his son Bruce and daughter-in-law Maria Ines Raij, and their children Sara and Ben of Pelham, New York; and by his son-in-law Wayne Roberts and his two children, Jack and Katy of College Station, Texas. Ed has joined his beloved daughter Shannon Roberts with the Lord.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, with a visitation from 5-7 pm followed by a funeral service from 7-8 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish on North Lamar. Service will be Live Streamed. Live Stream Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCFFunerals.
Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, May 07, 2021 at 11:00 am CDT at the Lawrenceville City Cemetery with military rites, and may be viewed with the following link: https://www.facebook.com/emmonsmaceysteffey.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the charity of your choice.
Edgar G. Harris
May 9, 2021
I'm sure you know how much I enjoyed our many great times
together! Ed was honest, fun and sincere at all times. He will be sorely missed.
May 4, 2021
Ed was not only my dentist, but a noon time running buddy while I worked at UTWhen I thought about it, I realized that I have been going to the dentist in the same office he opened so many years ago. Ed was a great person, and he will be missed.
Jody and Ted Hudson
May 3, 2021
We were blessed to have Ed as a dear friend. We enjoyed the many times we were together with he and Pat. His sense of humor made everyone around him happy, and we will miss him in our lives. Sincerely, Jody and Ted Hudson
May 2, 2021
I know he was Ed to everyone but he was Edgar to me because Ed was his father. Living next door I have many memories but the Monopoly games that went on for days were really fun even though I usually lost all my money early in the game. He was a good friend. Barbara Wellman
May 2, 2021
Ed was a dear friend, neighbor and our family dentist. We would enjoy telling Longhorn stories. He will be missed.
Jeani (and John) SMITH
May 1, 2021
Ed, John will be so glad to see you and listen to your zany jokes. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us; it didn't matter where we were or where we went we had such fun just being together. We made memories together that will live forever. To your family - we want them to know how much we appreciate the time they shared you with us, you enhanced our lives. We love you forever.
Jeani (and John)
April 30, 2021
Ed was a wonderful human being, always so kind and funny and a joy to be around. Prayers to the family during this very sad time.
April 30, 2021
I have so many fun memories of Uncle Ed!!! He was always that crazy fun Uncle that we kids all loved! I remember when we lived next door to him, and he had this huge old black car that he called The Batmobile....we always wanted to ride in it! He was always smiling....laughing...making jokes....the life of every party.... He was also my dentist, and I remember every time I would go to see him as a child he would say, "We're gonna pull em' all today"! lol!!! Such a fun, crazy, full of life person.........I will miss you Uncle Ed!!! ❤️