George Christian Harris MD
Mar 29, 1939 – Aug 24, 2014
George Christian (Chris) Harris died peacefully at his home Sunday morning, August 24, 2014. He was 75 years old and leaves behind his beloved wife of 30 years, Renae Harris; daughters, Laura King (Don), Lisa Harris and Amy Harris; sons, Matt Harris and Rick Harris (Aemi Kim); grandchildren, Madeleine, Brennan, Dylan, Garrett, Beaujais and Fletcher; sister, Mary McEachern; brother, Abbott Harris; four nieces and a nephew. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 2, at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 732 18th Avenue E., Seattle, WA. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: themmrf.org, 383 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851, (203)229.0464. We welcome you to sign the guest book at www.bonneywatson.com.
Chris was born in Seattle, March 29, 1939, to Lowell and Venice Harris. A bright student, he was also a child prodigy, learning piano and violin at age 4 and 5, respectively. As a youth Chris was educated in international schools as his father, an engineer, was employed by various oil companies, bringing his family with him to the Persian Gulf, London, New York and then back to Seattle. Throughout his education Chris continued his musical studies, and performed on the piano and violin with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and was concertmaster of the junior symphony in Seattle.
He attended St. Martin’s College (in Lacey, Washington) and, after 3 years, entered medical school, graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1962 at the age of 23. Married in 1960, he and his first wife, Louise, had 5 children: Laura, Lisa, Matt, Amy and Rick. Following graduation from medical school Chris and his family returned to Seattle where he completed his internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and then commenced his tour with the Army where he served as U.S. Army Brigade Surgeon at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska. Following his service, he and his family returned to Seattle where he concluded a three year residency at the V.A. and University of Washington hospitals. He began his private practice of psychiatry in January of 1969 and remained active in this and in forensic psychiatry up until his death.
A Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he also specialized in forensic psychiatry and consulted in a number of high profile criminal prosecutions. He was a founding member of the Seattle Forensic Institute.
Chris continued with his music, playing violin with piano accompaniment, violin in string quartets and other chamber music ensembles, and playing piano in several “cottage” recitals and fund-raisers for musical and medical organizations.
Chris became impassioned with food preparation and the entire world of cooking and cuisine, developing many original recipes and sharing with others in gourmet cooking. He and his wife, Renae enjoyed their professional lives together, and in particular liked visiting with family and friends as well as frequent travel. Although both he and Renae were all but inseparable, Chris still managed to carve out time for himself to go fishing, watch boxing (which Renae abhorred), and read, read, read. All in all, Chris felt that he lived a charmed and blessed life. He passionately rebelled at injustices and hypocrisy. He remembered those who had preceded him in death, and often talked of them and prayed for them. He and Renae ask that you remember him now.
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