“Phyllis was a dynamic woman who painted her life with large, bold strokes. She brought vigor to every challenge, whether redirecting scarce educational resources to better serve children, or corralling her dear standard poodle, Stella. Phyllis enlivened every meeting and every conversation with her keen observations and her wry wit. I miss her energy, her strength, her style, and most of all, her friendship.
“Phyllis was a wonderful person who truly cared about children. I worked with her only briefly but was touched by her hard work and dedication to providing high quality education for all students.
“Phyllis was a true friend of mine. She was a dedicated professional even when things got rough. She didn't suffer fools and she took no prisoners but she was fair and open to discussion. Our educational system is by far better for her grit. We'll all miss her terribly. Gone way too soon.
“Phylllis was a wonderful human being and will be missed. I'm grateful for the time and conversations we shared during her tenure at DCPS. Wishing all the best to her family. Sharon R. Artis (DCPS)
“Phyllis was a dynamo. Our time together was brief, but I will remember her always. My best to her brother and friends. (T. Higgins, DCPS)
“December 31, 2009
Phyllis was a personal friend and i had the pleasure of being on the Board of Directors of Lakeside Regency Plaza in Oakland when she was the President of the Board. . She was smart, educated, funny and creative and i will miss her very much.
Hamid Ghaemmaghami, Oakland CA
“Phyllis was a good friend and great colleague. She was brilliant, energetic and had a great wit! We will keep her and her family in our prayers.
Romina Carrillo Gutierrez
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Phyllis Harris, PhD Jan. 25, 1945 Dec. 15, 2009 Resident of Oakland Died in Oakland, California at the age of 64 after a year-long battle with cancer. Phyllis was born in New York to Leonard and Evelyn Kaufman. After earning a doctorate in education, Phyllis was the Oakland school system's head...Read More