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November 06, 2014
Jim Harper changed my path in life. He taught, challenged and encouraged like no other and he will be missed.
August 06, 2014
I had the great fortune to be "adopted" by Jim and Eloise shortly after they arrived in Palmerston North. Jim was very generous with his time and his knowledge and he nurtured my love of orchids and of the environment they grew in. My condolences to Helen, Ginny, Kenn, Scott and all the grand- and great grandchildren. A mighty Totara has fallen.
August 04, 2014
I had the privilege of working with Jim over 4 New Zealand summers at Fonterra Research Centre (NZDRI) in Palmerston North. I first met him in 1982. His energy and enthusiasm were outstanding. It is sad to hear of his passing and I send sincere condolences to Helen and his family from
August 02, 2014
I was a grad student of Dr. Harper's in the late 70s and have to say that he was the best instructor I have had throughout my educational pursuits. I remember the first time I met him, he was running up the steps, two at a time, in a hurry for "something", but still had the time to say "hello". I don't remember the number of the course, but there was one where he would merely state a problem from his experience in working with industry, and the students would have to ask questions and find out what happened, and what you would do to fix and prevent it from happening again. It was an excellent way to prepare us for real-life manufacturing experiences.

I also remember helping him cut down trees in his yard one weekend, and the pride he took in making everything look just right. He was a good man, and my condolences go out to his family and friends. I respected him, and shall miss him.
July 31, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Helen Harper, Kenn, Scott, Virginia and families. I was Doc Harper's graduate student in the late 60's and also spent many weekends at his home with him and Mrs. Eloise Harper, enjoying their hospitality and the lovely views of Hoover Reservoir. He was blessed with a long life and a distinguished career and I was fortunate to have met him one last time last year just before his 90th birthday in his office at the Parker Food Science building. A photo taken that day of the two of us will remain a cherished reminder of our association. I will be out of town this weekend and regret being unable to attend the memorial service.

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