OBITUARY

Bruce Alexander Harris Jr., M.D.

May 15, 1919August 28, 2013

Bruce Alexander Harris, Jr., M.D. was born in 1919 in Ann Arbor, Michigan; he died at his Homewood residence on August 28. He graduated from Harvard College in 1939 and from Harvard Medical School in 1943. Dr. Harris was a Captain in the Army Medical Corps, serving in England, Italy, and the United States. He trained at the Boston City, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins and Kings County Hospitals.

Dr. Harris practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Huntington, New York from 1952 to 1974 before arriving in Alabama. He taught at the Tuscaloosa and Huntsville campuses of the University of Alabama and moved to Birmingham in 1978. He was appointed Charles E. Flowers Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama Medical School, where he was a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee and Chairman of the University Hospital Credentials Committee. A professorship was established in his name. In 2009 he was named a "Legend" in Alabama Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Harris and Joan Leigh Maddy were married in 1944. Mrs. Harris passed away in 2004. They are survived by William Bruce Harris (Jeananne Hauswald), Glenn Ferguson Harris (Maria) and Betsy Harris Radecki (Lawrence), as well as six grandchildren. After 2004, Dr. Harris and Ms. Judi Huddleston became close companions. Her gracious presence, love and strong support brought him great happiness.

Dr. Harris was a member of Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham. A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, followed by interment at the Alabama National Cemetery at Montevallo. In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UAB or the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 4, 2013
  • Burial Wednesday, September 4, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A Time of Visitation Will Follow the Service
REMEMBERING

Bruce Alexander Harris Jr., M.D.

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Elizabeth Gniadek Peters

September 6, 2013

DrHarris was a blessing to all he came in contact with. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from him as a medical student from 1995-1999. He not only taught good medicine but more importantly he taught medical students compassion and humility. Blessings to his family.

Kathe Nelson

September 5, 2013

Bruce was not only a superb Obstetrician but a wonderful mentor to all of the medical students at UABSOM, serving many years as the Assistant Dean for Students. A learned and accomplished absolute gentleman, he was a wonderful role model and advocate for the students. He will be missed.

Patricia Carlisle

September 4, 2013

Rest in Peace.

Chubby

Patricia Carlisle

September 4, 2013

Rest in peace Dr.Harris. It was a pleasure knowing you and caring for you. You will truly be missed. Chubby

John Huddleston

September 3, 2013

Bruce, we are going to miss you! Thank you for being a positive part of my life and for your companionship with my mother. You are the nicest man that I have known.

Family occasions and holidays will not be the same. Someone will definitely pick up your torch and read from the Psalms at Christmas in honor of you.

You were also very important to my children and played a larger role in their lives than you could have imagined. They are very sad that their "grandfather" has passed.

God bless you, my friend.

John, Kelly, Stuart, and Mary Myers

Herb Gannon, MD

September 3, 2013

Thank you, Bruce, for forty years of being my mentor, colleague, and friend. You and Jodi will live on in all the hearts of those who were blessed to know you.

Brenda Coss

September 3, 2013

Dear Professor,
Thank you for the words of wisdom, the smile that never left your face, and the endless stories that always provided a solution to any issue or problem. Thank you for taking time to always stop by the unit desk to render that that ever so famous phrase... "good morning, good afternoon, or good evening" ladies! You brought laughter and sincere kindness to people everywhere. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed!

Chris J. Searcy, MD

September 3, 2013

Rest in peace dear Professor.

Suzanne Morrison

September 2, 2013

Thank you Bruce, for being part of my life. You were kind, funny, and encouraging. Thanks to you and Jodi giving me symphony tickets, I have a life-long love for classical music. Thanks to you for encouraging me in academics and in my relationships. Godspeed and God Bless you. We will miss you! Suzanne, Hal, John, and Ann Marie Morrison

John F. (Jack) Huddleston, MD

September 2, 2013

Dr. Bruce Harris was my dear friend and esteemed colleague. We worked together "long-distance" during the years he was Professor in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville and "shoulder-to-shoulder" while he and I shared Maternal-Fetal-Medicine duties at UAB. We socialized together, co-authored many scientific publications, and shared many enjoyable moments. Bruce was a true renaissance man whose knowledge knew few limitations. He was always the "life of the party." Like many others, I loved Bruce and shall miss him terribly.