IT&E Professor Dies at Age 60

Posted: April 26, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Carl M. Harris, BDM International Professor of Operations Research and Information Technology in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E), died suddenly yesterday morning, less than a month after celebrating his 60th birthday. A resident of Rockville, Md., Harris is survived by his wife, Alice Harris, his two daughters, Naomi and Margo, and his brother, Paul.

Harris came to George Mason in 1985, serving from 1985 to 1986 as chair of the Department of Systems Engineering, from 1986 to 1992 as chair of the Department of Operations Research and Applied Statistics, from 1992 to 1996 as chair of the Department of Operations Research/Operations Engineering, and from 1996 to 1998 as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the School of Information Technology and Engineering.

In 1999, Harris received the George E. Kimball Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences “for his distinguished and enthusiastic service to the profession and the society.” He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Engineering, and American Men and Women of Science, and was elected a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Omega Rho.

“We are very sorry to announce the death of our friend and colleague,” Karla Hoffman, chair of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department, wrote in a message to IT&E colleagues. “Carl was a superb researcher and teacher, but most of all Carl was a friend to all of us and perfectly willing to help out anyone at anytime.”

A memorial service is held this Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at B’Nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, Md.

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