Robert Harris Obituary (1945-2021) – Greensboro, NC
Harris, Jr., Robert Lee
August 25, 1945 – November 28, 2021
“The long farewell” is over.
Robert L. Harris, Jr. (Bob), 76, of Greensboro, has now joined the heavenly branch of the long gray line. He died on November 28, 2021 of complications from frontal-temporal dementia. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and raised in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Bob was the son of the late Robert and Wilma Harris. He was a graduate of Wellsburg High School in 1963 and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point in 1967. Bob received a degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech (1974) and an MBA from Boston University (1984).
Bob spent 11 years in active service in the Army in the Armaments Department, serving tours in Germany, 2 tours in Vietnam, the first tour with the 11th Cav Blackhorse Division and the second tour as a consultant to ARVN. For his services, Bob received 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and 2 Air Medals. His last active business trip was at West Point Faculty as Associate Professor of Chemistry for 3 years and Associate Professor of Engineering for 1 year. Outside of school, Bob was a faculty advisor to the Dialectical Society, which put on rock concerts for the Cadets. He resigned in 1978 but spent 10 years in an inactive reserve position as a liaison officer for the West Point Admissions Office. He retired as a lt. Colonel
Bob’s post-army career was in the photography industry, initially with the Polaroid Corporation in various management positions. In 1991 he moved to Konica Mfg as Senior Vice President Manufacturing. in Whitset, NC. In May 1993, Bob was named President and COO, the only non-Japanese of Konica Corporation to manage a large manufacturing facility. In June 2007, Konica Minolta closed its worldwide photographic industry and Bob negotiated the sale of the Whitsett facility to Zink Imaging. Bob stayed with Zink as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing until his retirement in April 2012.
On site, Bob served on advisory boards for business schools at Wake Forest University and UNC Greensboro, GTCC, on the Board of Visitors at Guilford and Greensboro Colleges, on the boards of United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a long-time member of the Greensboro Symphony Board and served as its chair from 2010 to 2012. Bob believed in giving life through regular donations of blood or plasma. As an avid golfer, Bob has had 3 hole-in-ones over the years.
Among the survivors is his 48-year-old wife Sherry (Holden), with whom he had a close and loving relationship. Other survivors include sisters Jayne Krager (Jim) and Susan Gladora (Dennis), brother Rev. John Harris, sister-in-law Kathy Holden Dye (David), brother-in-law Jeff Holden (Kathi), 7 nieces and nephews, 7 great nieces and nephews, and 3 godchildren .
Contributions to the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, 200 N. Davie St., Box 10, Greensboro, NC 27401; the American Red Cross Carolina Region, PO Box 14710, Greensboro, NC 27415; donate half a liter of blood; or to an organization or charity of your choice.
The family would like to especially thank the staff at the Heritage Green arboretum, especially the Dogwood Neighborhood staff, for the loving care they have given Bob for almost 2 years, and AuthoraCare (Hospice) for making his last days enjoyable . OBLIGATION EHRENLAND. Requiesce in tempo.
The services will be private.
Triad cremation and burial
2110 Servomation Street
Published by Greensboro News & Record on December 1, 2021.