Harrison, Bridget LeeAnn was born on October 6, 1983, in Wichita, KS to parents, Paul Barry and Carolyn Harrison. On May 5, 2018 in Houston, TX, Bridget lost her hard-fought battle with Anorexia, depression and chronic pain. Bridget attended East IB High School, graduated from the University of Missouri Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Biology and Spanish. Bridget earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed plastic surgery residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and a Clinical Fellowship in hand surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. She began her surgery practice as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College School of Medicine in 2017. Bridget completed a large body of medical research and was widely published, more than her years would suggest. Her accomplishments were many, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa Society, the University of Missouri 39 Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and Mensa. Bridget loved to see the world and traveled boldly. She visited many countries. She was fluent in Spanish and loved Spain best of all. She gave her time freely and cared for others, even when she had little left for herself, by volunteering at free clinics in medical school and her residency. She was meticulous and stalwart in both her beliefs and actions. Bridget often found ways to give back to her community by volunteering at food banks, as a translator, and in more ways than can be captured here. Bridget was predeceased by her grandparents, Hermina and Thomas Fitzpatrick and Herbert and Billy Harrison. She is survived by her parents, Paul and Carolyn Harrison of Wichita, KS; her sisters, Alicia Harrison (Nick Peyer) of Excelsior, MN and Megan Harrison (Greg Schwartz) of Houston, TX; and her nephews, Evan Peyer, Andrew Peyer, Nathaniel Peyer; nephew/godson, Harrison Schwartz; and niece, Harper Schwartz. She will be remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, professional colleagues and patients. For others to remember Bridget, The Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has established an annual award in her name to be given to a deserving plastic surgery resident. A remembrance of Bridget's life will be held at East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E Douglas, Wichita, KS on May 26th at 1pm. In honor of Bridget's love of color, wear something colorful. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are being established in her name at the University of Kansas Endowment-UKSM-W, University of Texas Southwestern- Dallas, TX and Baylor College of Medicine-Houston. These funds will support medical education. To contribute to Memorials for Bridget L. Harrison, mail to your choice: University of Kansas Endowment-KUSM-W, 1010 North Kansas St, Wichita, KS 67214; Global Surgery Fellowship, c/o Holly Shilstone, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030-3431; or UT-Southwestern, Dept. of Plastic Surgery, c/o Caren McGratty, 1801 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75390-9132. Online gifts may be made at www.kuendowment.org/givenow and in the "My gift will benefit" section, please include "In memory of Bridget L. Harrison." This will support international travel for medical students.
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Published in Wichita Eagle from May 23 to May 25, 2018.