Phillip E. Harris

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Philip E. Harris, age 66, died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, Minn., after a difficult battle with multiple myeloma. He was born on June 20, 1951, in Atlantic, and grew up on the family farm north of Atlantic. He married Karen Hirl from Davenport, on Dec. 18, 1971. Phil was an avid runner and was involved in church activities and Bible study.
Phil graduated from Atlantic High School, Iowa State University and received both his Masters in Economics and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He was an Emeritus Professor and former chair of the Agriculture and Applied Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught agricultural law for 37 years.
Phil founded and directed Tax Insight, LLC, a company that provides education for tax practitioners. He was also one of the founders of the Land Grant University Tax Education Foundation, and until 2015 was the lead editor for its annual tax book used by over 30,000 tax practitioners each year.
The greatest joy in his life was his family. He is survived by his wife Karen; son Seth (Kate) Harris; and daughter Rachel (Steve) Finch. He is also survived by five grandchildren and three siblings, Ardyth Gillespie of Atlantic, Bill Harris of Amarillo, Texas, and Garnet Harris of Danville, Ind. Phil was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Marie Harris.
The visitation will be at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, Wis., on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Philip E. Harris Scholarship Fund through the University of Wisconsin Foundation ( or to the Luther Memorial Foundation (
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Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Jan. 15, 2018
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