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April 13, 2010, Volume 56, No. 29

Rev. Harris, Former Chaplain


The Very Reverend Edward George Harris, former parish minister, Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, Dean of the Philadelphia Divinity School, and Co-Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, died March 28, in Kennett Square, PA. He was 92 years old.

He served actively in the Episcopal Church for 56 years, and was an early proponent of women’s ordination to the priesthood. He was a graduate of Harvard College, 1938; the Episcopal Theological School, 1941; and Union Theological Seminary, 1942.

From 1950-1961, he was Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, and Boardman Lecturer in Christian Ethics. He published numerous articles and lectures, and in 1961 received an honorary degree as Doctor of Divinity. He was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Sphinx Society.

While at Penn, Rev. Harris authored The Physician, The Clergyman, and the Patient in Terminal Illness, Blood Transfusion and Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Valley of Decision, Mission to Mankind, God and our Daily Work, Ethics in Ferment, Doubt and Faith:  A Study in Existentialism, The Urgency of Ethics, and Prayers for a University.

His daughter, Jennifer D. Harris, stated, “I believe my dad’s years at Penn were his happiest. He thoroughly enjoyed the faculty, staff, and especially the students, who would come to our house two nights a week for gatherings and lively discussions. Always an advocate of women’s education, and an admirer of their devoted work and efforts, he was delighted by the nursing students. He also functioned as Chaplain at the Hospital of the University. At Penn, we had the very good fortune to live in the Chaplain’s house, at 3805 Locust Street. It is now the Kelly Writers House and provides a highly stimulating environment and creative haven for students.”  

Rev. Harris is survived by his children, David B. Harris, Jennifer D. Harris, Geoffrey P. Harris and their mother, Shirley B. Harris; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service and Eucharist will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Kennett Square, PA, at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 30. A reception will follow at Kendal at Longwood, 5-6 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Episcopal Divinity School, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 01238.


Mr. Staffieri, Penn Athletics

Dan “Lake” Staffieri, game-day coordinator for the Penn football team, passed away April 8 at age 85. He had been battling cancer of the bladder. “Coach Lake” had been on the football staff for the past 33 years. Penn Athletics welcomes memories, condolences, etc. to be posted online. Submit at www.pennathletics.com. A full obituary will appear in the April 20 issue of Almanac.



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Almanac - April 13, 2010, Volume 56, No. 29