February 24, 1944 – June 6, 2020
Judi Harris died on June 6, 2020 at her home in Sudbury. Judi grew up in East Walpole, Massachusetts, in a house built by her father on what had been his family’s farm. There she learned to appreciate nature as the huge yard was filled with flower and vegetable gardens, grape arbors, woods to explore, sliding hills, and a pond for ice skating in winter. After graduating from Walpole High School in 1961, judi earned a chemistry degree from Mount Holyoke College and then a Doctorate in Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis; it was there she met her future husband, Ron Harris.
After brief periods teaching at the college level, Judi joined the staff of Arthur D Little in Cambridge, where she became a Vice President. Her area of expertise was environmental consulting. She monitored the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, conducted environmental audits, and taught chemical and mining companies around the world how to audit their own businesses.
After her retirement, judi enjoyed playing bridge with her sister and attending alumni activities for Arthur D. Little and Mount Holyoke. She drove seniors to medical appointments, delivered “Meals on Wheels”, and supported the activities of the Sudbury Valley Trust. She loved watching her many nieces and nephews grow up.
Judi was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40’s but tenaciously fought the disease; she was symptom free for over 25 years. When her cancer returned, it had spread throughout her body, but again she fought back, and was able to enjoy life fully until this year.
Judi was predeceased by her parents and her husband Ron. She is survived by her sister Erica and brother-in-law Jeffrey of Winchester, Mass., and brothers and sisters-in-law Don and Joy Harris, Carole Harris, and Lisa and Harold Serfass of Pennsylvania, Janet and Lynn Eldridge of Virginia, as well as 11 nieces and nephews and 18 grand nieces and nephews.
Thanks to the support of her family, neighbors, her friend Wendy Hall, and visiting Angel Jenifa, she was able remain at home in Sudbury and enjoy her gardens, the birds outside her window, and the neighborhood activities. Since we can’t gather to honor Judi, please enjoy a favorite activity with those you love, leave a memory on www.Duckett-Waterman.com, or contribute to your favorite charity that supports animals.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
June 23, 2020
We were so saddened to hear of Judy's passing, she has been a dental patient of ours for years, Her strength and positive attitude was a light here in our office. We send our thoughts and prayers to her family. - Dr Ronnie Du & The Entire Smile Center Team Kathy, Cleo, Catalina, Booma, Eve, feng Yulin
June 19, 2020
To Judy's Family and Friends,
Judy volunteered with me at Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). She helped us to control and remove invasive plants and she also helped to mentor teenagers in that endeavor.
I was particularly fond of Judy, for her intelligence and good spirit, for her love and support of community, nature and music.
I am so very sad.
My sincere condolences,
June 16, 2020
I have been with ICF for almost 15 years now and have been serving as the company's Director of Safety & Health for about 10. Judi developed many of the policies we still use today--because of that, I think of her a lot. I frequently credit her with being ICF's first Director of Safety & Health, knowing that she did this as a collateral duty. But, even though this was not her full time job, she took great pride in the program she established.
It just so happens that Judi and I worked in the same office in Lexington, MA for several years. As a chemistry and oceanography major, she welcomed me with open arms. But I also know that I was not alone with that greeting...her smile was infectious.
She will be missed and is remembered fondly.
June 11, 2020
Judi was my Aunt, confidant, sharer of ridiculous puns, mentor, and later in my life - one of my best friends. We shared funny stories of our gardens - my current garden, her current garden, and her memories of her family’s garden and adventures in nature. We shared the love of bumblebees and joked about our best attempts and hilarious methods of how to best talk with them. I did eventually catch one gently in my hand and listened closely to the buzzing as she recommended and that’s decidedly the best way. A few years back, she came for an extended visit to our family farm in Central Florida - “Let’s see what this swamp is all about” she said. Even had I know it would be the last time we’d get to spend that much time together, I don’t think it could have been planned or come together any better. It was a gift. We visited the ocean, warm water spring geysers, saw manatees and alligators, and my favorite memory of the trip was heading to a local chain of lakes where they launch “sea planes”.
Aunt Judi, you have run your race well. I already miss you.
June 11, 2020
Judi was my pillar rock when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. She was smart, kind, and eloquent. I will never forget our visits to local museums, lunches, and chai tea at my home. Judi will always have a special place in the hearts of my family and myself.
Neighbor and friend
June 10, 2020
My fondest memories were childhood summers spent playing with Judi in the woods, fields and at Coburn Pond. I am her cousin who lived next door in the house our grandfather built. We often pedalled our bikes to the East Walpole Library to stock up on reading material and roller skated on Woodland Road. In the winter we ice skated on the pond and sledded down the hills of Horse Heaven and the Cow Pasture, all part of the original farm. Judi and her family made my childhood a special time.
As adults we had limited contact, but I and our youngest cousin Mary Ellen had a wonderful visit with Judi and Erica this past February. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Judi.
June 8, 2020
The Visiting Angels sends our condolences to the family of Judith. It was a pleasure meeting her and working with her in her final days. Our prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. rest in peace Judith.
Betsy and the Visiting Angels Team
June 7, 2020
I was so blessed to know and love Judi. She and her husband Ron blessed my family with their generosity for years. I will never forget her wit, intelligence, and love for all. She will be greatly missed. I will be praying for her family and thankful for all who cared for Judi during her last days. My favorite memories would be, sitting at Mom and Dad Harris’ kitchen table, sharing stories and jokes, just being together as a family.