Harris, Robert, 1961 April 21-

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Democratic mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan; University of Michigan law school professor.

From the description of Robert J. Harris papers, ca. 1959-ca. 1963 and 1969-1973. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 84449068

Democratic mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

From the description of Robert J. Harris papers, 1969-1973. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418757

Rober J. Harris was a full-time member of the Univeristy of Michigan Law School faculty from 1959-74 and an adjunct professor for many year and served as mayor of Ann Arbor from 1969-1973.

Harris was born Oct. 5, 1930, in Boston. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and was a Rhodes Scholar. At Yale Law School, he was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society. He served in the Army for two years during the Korean War, and moved in 1959 to Ann Arbor where he served as an attorney, in addition to his service as a law professor and mayor.

Harris's tenure as mayor came during turbulent times. Faced with protests against the Vietnam War, he worked with activists and University and city officials to keep the demonstrations peaceful and the city safe.

Harris served on many community boards and was a founding member of Friends of Legal Aid, which provides support to Legal Services of South Central Michigan. He also did extensive pro bono work for indigent individuals and for numerous groups, including Ozone House, Perry Nursery School and S.O.S. Community Services.

In his retirement, Harris tutored children in reading and volunteered for Food Gatherers. He also had a passion for model airplanes and jazz.

From the guide to the Robert J. Harris papers, ca. 1959-ca. 1963 and 1969-1973, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn News and Information Services (University of Michigan) photograph series D (faculty and staff portraits), 1946-2006, 1950-1990 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Harris, Robert J. Robert J. Harris papers, 1969-1973. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Richard G. Wilson papers, 1967-1969 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Harris, Robert J. Robert J. Harris papers, ca. 1959-ca. 1963 and 1969-1973. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Robert J. Harris papers, ca. 1959-ca. 1963 and 1969-1973 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Wilson, Richard G. Richard G. Wilson papers, 1967-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn News and Information Services (University of Michigan) Faculty and Staff Files, 1944-2005, 1960-1995 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Papers, 1933-1967 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, 1918-1993 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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