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December 18, 2014
Remembering Jim as Christmas arrives Downunder where he and his wife would arrive from northern Winter to southern Summer about this time every year, visiting friends in Australia en route to New Zealand for ongoing research work and endless garden experiences. We miss Jim so much but are glad of all the good years. Apart from considerable mentoring in agricultural science, Jim taught us to live life to the maximum, to keep a sense of humour and to enjoy Nature in all its beauty.
Deepest condolences to Helen, Scott, Kenn, Virginia and families.
John and Cheryl Pearce and Family, Kiama, NSW Australia
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.

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