The Rt. Rev. George C. Harris dead at age 74

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) -- The Rt. Rev. George C. Harris, the retired fifth bishop of Alaska, died at his home on Sunday. Harris was 74.

From 1981 to 1991, the bishop and his family resided in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Harris was born on Dec. 19, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended public schools and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University. During World War II, he served overseas in New Guinea and the Philippines before being discharged in 1946.

Harris married Mary Jane Shotwell in 1953 and attended General Theological Seminary in New York. He began his ministry at Curate at the Church of Heavenly Rest from 1953 to 1955. His ministry took him to the Philippines from 1956 to 1969, where he held various posts.

Harris returned to the United States in 1970, where he was rector at Lower Luzerne Parish in Hazleton, Pa., until 1974. He then moved to South Dakota where he was director of the Dakota Leadership Program in Mobridge before moving to Alaska in 1981.

A memorial Eucharist was to be held for Harris at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

A prayer service also was scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. The funeral is to be held Thursday at the church at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at Riverside Memorial Park.

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