Dr. Richard D. Harris, 69, a resident of Columbia City, Ore., died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore.
He was born July 4, 1933, in Brazil to Richard Wayne and Mary Lawson Harris. He grew up in the Midwest and served in the U.S. Army. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute and his doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.
Employed since 1975 at the University of Portland, in Portland, Ore., he was a professor of sociology and the director of the Criminal Justice Program in addition to being the long-time advisor of the University's Hawaiian Club. He was an avid sports fan and attended most of the college's competitive sporting events as well as being a long-time season ticket holder of the Portland Winter Hawks hockey team. He was a member of the Portland Kiwanis Club.
On July 4, 1992, he married Nicolette Augustine and they resided in Columbia City, Ore., until his death.
Survivors include his wife; his sons Richard Scott Harris of Vancouver, Wash., and Brian David Harris of Terre Haute; a sister, Dorothy Harris of Terre Haute; and grandchildren McKenzie, Marissa and Mariah Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and his daughter, Beth Ann Harris, in December of 2002.
A memorial mass in celebration of his life was held on May 24 in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher at the University of Portland, 500 N. Willamette Boulevard in Portland with a reception following. A private family graveside service will be held in conjunction with his interment at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Memorial contributions may be made to any local Alzheimer's Research organization. Local arrangements are by Columbia Cremation & Burial in The Dalles, Ore.