Harris, John Sterling, M.D. "Jack"
John Sterling Harris, M.D., "Jack" (81) was born in Columbus, Nebraska on Aug. 6, 1934, to Samuel Sterling Harris and Vesta Mae Harris. A stroke stole his physical presence and he peacefully left us mid-day, Wednesday, July 13th, at ThedaCare-Neenah.
He spent his early years in Geneva, NE, before moving to Caro, MI, where he lived during his teens. He graduated from Caro High School.
Jack attended Michigan State University as a music major before completing his pre Med degree at Alma College. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School. He was a musician, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and after retirement he spent many hours in gardens - growing vegetables for the area food pantries and Homeless Connections in Appleton.
Jack and his wife, Georgiana, met and formed a Redhead's Club at Michigan State University in the mid-1950s; they would have celebrated 60 years of (mostly) wedded bliss on August 19, 2016. Their Redhead's Club grew to include three daughters: Rebecca Leigh Kaehr (Corby Roberson) now living near St. Paul; Susan Antoinette Harris (Kenneth Seidl) in Dayton, OH; and Ann Elizabeth Taly (Jack Taly) - also in the St. Paul area. He also will be remembered by five grandsons and four great grandchildren. His younger sister Anita died in 1982 and his older sister, Marilyn lives in Michigan. He had six nieces and nephews - five of which are in the medical fields - as are two of his daughters.
As a physician he would like to be remembered for his innovations. They included allowing fathers in delivery rooms and operating room for C-sections, laparoscopy for tubal ligations, masterminding a Fertility Clinic and delivering the first in vitro baby in the Fox Cities. He has donated his body to the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison.
He was very active in the Congregational United Church of Christ in various capacities, the Appleton Y's Men Club, the Fox Valley Symphony and was the first male member of the Wednesday Music Club.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the First Congregational Church in Appleton, WI. A visitation at 9:00AM will precede the celebration. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to riverviewgardens.org
Published by Appleton Post-Crescent from Jul. 17 to Aug. 6, 2016.