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Dr. David W. Harrison, Age 90, Retired Medical Doctor with 30+ Years of Missionary Medical Service in Africa, US Army Veteran, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at E. T. York Care Center (Gainesville, FL).

Dr. Harrison, a self-supporting Seventh-Day Adventist Medical Missionary, has done pioneering work in introducing Soybeans and Soyfoods into Africa starting in the 1960s. Africa Basic Foods, which he founded in Uganda in 1962, was the earliest known company in Africa to make and market a line of commercial soyfoods. His work with soybeans and soyfoods in Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya affected the lives and nutritional well-being of thousands of people from government officials to school children and villagers.

Born into a black Seventh-day Adventist family in Nebraska in 1921, the family moved to California when he was five years old. He received his B.S. Degree from Pacific Union College and attended Loma Linda University, where he earned his M.D. Degree in 1945. Dr. Harrison interned at Harlem Hospital (New York City) and began his medical career in North Carolina. From there, he was called to military service (in 1951). He earned a degree in public health in Texas in 1951 then went to Korea for a year as a Captain in the Army, working with the United Nations Civil Assistance Command. There he first began to develop an interest in nutrition to supplement the strong education he had received in nutrition at Loma Linda Medical School. Back in the United States, he was a Resident in General Surgery at a hospital connected with Duke University.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Duncan Brothers' Chapel (Gainesville, FL) with Pastor Joseph P. Lewis officiating. Burial (with Military Honors) will follow at the Florida National Cemetery (Bushnell, FL) at 2:30PM. Dr. Harrison will only be viewed at the Chapel 1 hour prior to the Services - And with the Processional.

Dr. Harrison is immediately survived by: Wife - Edith Stokes-Harrison of Gainesville, FL; Sons - William Kenneth Bennett (& Janis) of Orlando, FL, David Michael Bennett of Washington, DC and David W. Harrison (& Fatima) of Upper Marlboro, MD; Daughters - Liza Widmer and Linda Stokes of Gainesville, FL; Grands; Great Grands; Nieces & Nephews; In-Laws; Cousins; & Friends.

Arrangements Entrusted To: DUNCAN BROTHERS' FUNERAL HOME, 428 NW 8TH Street, Gainesville, FL.

Published in Gainesville Sun from May 29 to May 31, 2011
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