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Dr. Harrison Collisi Visscher M.D.

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Dr. Harrison Collisi Visscher M.D. Obituary
Dr. Harrison Collisi Visscher, age 84, of Holland, died Thursday, December 19, 2013. He was an inspiration to all for his dedication to his faith, family, work and community. Born in Grand Rapids to Sue and Cornelius Visscher, his family soon moved to Hudsonville to establish Visscher's Pharmacy and raise Harry and his identical twin brother, Bob. Ever diligent, Harry attended Hope College and later University of Michigan medical school. After medical school he interned at St. Mary's Hospital and then became an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Germany. He did his residency at Northwestern University and then he and his brother founded Grand Valley Gynecologist at Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids. While in Grand Rapids, Harrison and his late wife, Mary, raised their four children. After practicing for 20 years, he served as the Director of Education of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington DC until his retirement.

Harry was active in the areas of women's health, sports, Hope College and the church. He received distinguished alumni awards from Hope College and Northwestern University; and many other awards for his outstanding leadership in medical education. He was respected for his noteworthy academic and national achievements in improving women's health care, and enjoyed giving lectures on the merging of science and religion in his retirement. He was a disciplined athlete and an avid tennis player. Harry was recently inducted into Hudsonville High School Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife Bette were the first co-chairpersons of the Hope College Dimnent Heritage Society. Harry was involved in Holland Professional Club and HASP, as well as a loyal fan of Hope College athletics and science departments. He generously funded the Harrison C. and Mary L. Visscher Endowed Professorship in Genetics. Recently he established the Dr. Harrison C. Visscher and Dr. Robert D. Visscher Lectureship in Genetics at Hope College. The lectures will provide outstanding speakers in the field of Biology. As a member of Garfield Park Reformed Church he was an elder. He also produced movies to financially support the Reformed Church in America's overseas missions. Later he became a consistory member of Christ Memorial Church where he married Bette Visscher. They enjoyed over a decade of marriage, filled with good times, long walks and great friends. They lived at Freedom Village in Holland and wintered in Florida.

Harrison is preceded in death by his late wife, Mary Zweizig Visscher. He is survived by his wife, Bette Brewer Visscher; brother, Robert and Marjorie Visscher; brother-in-law, Clifford LaBelle, and his children, Sherry and William Reus, Ronald and Carolina Visscher, Lori and Karl Droppers, and Karen Visscher; as well as 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six step-grandchildren; and 10 nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes on 188 W. 32nd St., Holland, MI 49423.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 27, at 11 a.m. with a visitation one hour proceeding from 10-11 a.m. at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Rd., Holland. Burial will take place in Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Holland, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowed professorship at Hope College or Western Seminary. Envelopes available at the Mulder Chapel. Arrangements by the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Mulder Chapel of Dykstra Funeral Homes. Please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com to sign an online guestbook or share a memory with the Visscher family.
Published in The Holland Sentinel on Dec. 22, 2013
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