Glenn Ferguson Harris (1949 - 2014)

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Glenn Ferguson Harris
May 24, 1949 - February 28, 2014
Glenn Ferguson Harris, 64, died February 28, 2014 from a stroke suffered while pursuing his passion for bicycling. Dr. Harris, a psychiatrist, was the Medical Director of COPE Community Services, Inc. in Tucson, AZ.
Glenn was born May 24, 1949 in Baltimore, MD to Dr. Bruce and Joan Harris and was raised on Long Island, NY. Glenn met his best friend, Tom Head, when he was 8, and their shenanigans continued well into adulthood. Glenn graduated from Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY in 1967. He was an all-state football player and participated in track and wrestling. Glenn was also a musician. Glenn went on to attend Harvard University where he majored in biology, graduating in 1972. Glenn married Jewell Bachtler in 1970 and, following the completion of his undergraduate degree, the couple moved to New Hampshire. Glenn then began a career as a mechanic. Glenn first apprenticed as a motorcycle mechanic before going on to become the service manager of a Buick dealership. He opened his own business, The Willow Tree Garage, at his home in Raymond, NH where he specialized in repairing foreign cars.
After a successful career as a mechanic, Glenn started down the path of becoming a mechanic of a different sort. Following a year of post baccalaureate coursework to prove he was serious, Glenn enrolled in medical school at The University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL. Andrew Ferguson was born in 1983. Following medical school, the family moved back to New Hampshire and Hannah Elizabeth was born in 1987. Glenn completed his residency in Psychiatry at Boston University before completing a residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
The family moved to Pocatello, ID in 1991 where Glenn was a psychiatrist for Aspen Crest Hospital. During his time in Idaho, Glenn had a private practice in addition to working for various community agencies including Family Treatment Cooperative, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and the Idaho Women's Correctional Facility.
Glenn moved to Arizona in 2001 and the couple divorced in 2002. In Arizona, Glenn worked as the Children's Medical Director for SEABHS, Physician Advisor in the UM Department for Magellan Healthcare, and joined COPE in January 2011. Glenn married Maria Acuna-Joy in 2004. Dr. Harris was twice honored with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Later in life, Glenn became an avid cyclist and racer, participating frequently in USA Cycling time trials, hill climbs, and road and stage races around Arizona. In 2013, he and his teammates Craig Liming, Joe Puchi, and Norman Kibble, won the Arizona Team Time Trial Championship, setting a new state record. He built and maintained all the family bicycles using his experience as a master automobile mechanic.
Glenn is survived by his wife Maria Guadalupe Harris of Tucson, AZ and her three children Leticia, Sergio, and Alexander, his children, Andrew of Boise, ID and Hannah of Pocatello, ID, brother, William Bruce of Jupiter, FL and sister, Joan Radecki of Greenlawn, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to El Grupo Cycling (, or National Alliance on Mental Illness (

Published in Idaho State Journal on Mar. 7, 2014
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