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.