Dr. James Burwell Harrison

August 3, 1934May 5, 2019

James Burwell Harrison passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019. He was born August 3, 1934, in Gastonia, NC, to James Burwell Harrison and Viola Robinson Harrison. He was graduated from Gastonia High School, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He then was graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He served as Campus Minister at the University of Colorado in Boulder for a number of years. Then he was graduated from New York University in NYC with a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. He had a private practice in Clinical Psychology in New York City for a number of years before moving to Asheville, NC, where he continued his work in psychology. He served as a psychologist for the State of NC, working for a number of years in geriatric psychology in the nursing home system of Western NC. He also had a private practice as a psychologist in Asheville.

James was an avid gardener and helped landscape the Oak Forest community park area where he resided. He also loved dogs and had a series of beloved canine friends. James read widely, and had interest and knowledge in a range of topics. He was a stimulating conversationalist.

James was married to Dr. Beverly Wildung Harrison, who pre-deceased him. There were no children. James is survived by several cousins. Special thanks to his friends and care givers Harvey and Nore Hunter.

A graveside service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4357 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28056. Carothers Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 9, 2019


Dr. James Burwell Harrison

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Joseph Pleck

May 13, 2019

Jim was my dear friend and colleague since the 1970s. It is so very hard to accept that he is now gone. He will be missed, and all of us who knew him will cherish our memories of him.

Wayne Santiago

May 8, 2019

I met Jim as a Psychology Intern at Manhattan Psychiatric Center in 1978. Although he started as my supervisor for group and family therapy, we became close friends. Jim was my professional mentor and I consider him as a second father. He was instrumental in helping me to develop my sense of professional identity. I owe so much to Jim and will miss him immensely. Below is a photo of Jim and me in Southern California during an APA convention in 1981. We had just returned from Mexico. Thank you Jim for your loving guidance.