Obituaries

Richard Max “Dick” Harris ­– New York City

Richard Max “Dick” Harris, age 79, died on Feb. 25, 2015, after a long illness and with his beloved wife, Susan, and his children, Tracy, Amy and Max, by his side. He passed away in Lennox Hill Hospital and was a longtime resident of New York City. Born March 13, 1935, in San Jose, Ill., Dick was an accomplished athlete, scholar, pilot and businessman. Dick averaged 23 points a game as a standout basketball player at San Jose High School, where he also played shortstop and ran track, specializing in the pole vault. He went on to play basketball and run track at Western Illinois University. He then joined the Air Force, and distinguished himself as a pilot while flying T-28, T-34, T-33 and F-86E airplanes. He finished up college at the University of Illinois where he was an exemplary student and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration. An esteemed business career ensued as he rose through the ranks at General Electric, and then moved to International Paper where he ultimately became Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Dick’s business success led to meetings with U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, as well as other important politicians such as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. Dick donated his time to mentoring many young people over the years, and contributed to various causes such as the Central Park Conservancy, the University of Illinois, and Meals on Wheels. Among Dick’s survivors is his daughter Tracy Harris and partner, Gina D’Ambrosio, of Charlotte. Dick will be remembered for his devotion to family, his incredible wit and professional accomplishments, the love of a good joke told well, fine wine, a dry Beefeater martini and incredible food. He will be missed dearly by New York City restaurants such as the 21 Club, Nino’s and the Four Seasons, where he and Sue were regulars and part of the family. The family is incredibly grateful to his many caregivers over the past year, especially his outstanding team of doctors and all the dedicated nurses at Lennox Hill Hospital. Today we ask you to celebrate Dick’s life. A life well lived, and full of love!. If you would like to honor Dick, the family asks that you make a contribution in Dick’s name to the Central Park Conservancy by visiting www.centralparknyc.org.