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Besse E. Harris ’36

Besse Elizabeth Browne Harris ’36, September 5, 2006, in Portland. Besse received a BA from Reed in biology. From 1936 to 1942, she worked as a laboratory technician in Portland and Salem. In 1943, she married William M. Harris, and became office manager for the family business, William M. Harris Scrap Metals (Harris Auto Parts), in 1957. She retired from the business in 1978 and worked in real estate. Besse was a member of Congregation Shaarie Torah for more than 40 years. Survivors include two sons; three grandchildren, including Deborah Harris ’01; four great-grandchildren; and a brother. Her husband died in 2003.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2007

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