David Har­ris

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David Har­ris passed away July 19 in Lit­tle Rock. He was 54 years old. He is the son of Richard Har­ris of North Ridge, Cal­i­for­nia, and the late Mar­garet Hud­son of Ben­ton.

He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fayet­teville with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing in 1989. He re­ceived his Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neer­ing Li­cense in 1995.

David be­gan work­ing for Arkansas Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive Cor­po­ra­tion in 1989. Over his 30-year ca­reer, he held the po­si­tions of se­nior power sup­ply en­gi­neer, power pro­duc­tion en­gi­neer­ing man­ager, and di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing for the power pro­duc­tion and de­liv­ery di­vi­sion. David found com­plete sat­is­fac­tion in his work and deeply ap­pre­ci­ated the friend­ship he had with his co-work­ers.

David was a re­spected en­gi­neer across the United States and the world. He re­ceived nu­mer­ous tech­nol­ogy trans­fer awards from the Elec­tric Power Re­search In­sti­tute and was in­ducted into the Arkansas Academy of Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers in 2011.

David had an ap­ti­tude for the the­o­ret­i­cal. He de­vel­oped a Life­time Man­age­ment Pro­gram to ex­tend the ser­vice life of all 29 AECC’S wholly owned gen­er­at­ing units. He also loved “hands-on” en­gi­neer­ing. He de­signed, pro­cured the equip­ment and su­per­vised the in­stal­la­tion of a new wa­ter treat­ment sys­tem for a 500 megawatt power plant. One of his most sig­nif­i­cant projects was the re­pow­er­ing of the Fitzhugh Steam Power Plant at Ozark with a mod­ern com­bus­tion tur­bine. It tripled the plant’s out­put, while it re­duced emis­sions by 90 percent.

Of his many defin­ing qual­i­ties, David had an ex­tremely dry sense of hu­mor and was known for his com­pet­i­tive spirit and de­sire to ex­cel. Fail­ure was not an op­tion. He pre­ferred be­ing out­doors and was an avid run­ner. He played the gui­tar and was a de­voted Ra­zor­backs foot­ball fan. He loved to design and per­son­ally con­struct home im­prove­ments, such as an elab­o­rate re­tain­ing wall and deck sys­tem, a tree house for his chil­dren, and a dog house that could have with­stood a nu­clear bomb. One of his fa­vorite things to do was to cook a big break­fast for his fam­ily. David en­joyed and ad­mired ev­ery as­pect of his chil­dren and loved his fam­ily dearly. He did ev­ery­thing he could to take care of them.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 29 years, Karen Har­ris; a son, Dy­lan Har­ris; a daugh­ter, Carly Har­ris; four sis­ters Jenny Hill­man, Kim Stephens, Lorie Tu­dor and Valerie Willis; and a num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

In lieu of flow­ers, it is re­quested that dona­tions be made to the Univer­sity of Arkansas Depart­ment of Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers Schol­ar­ship Fund, 4183 Bell En­gi­neer­ing Cen­ter, Fayet­teville, AR 72701.

A me­mo­rial gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate David’s life will be held at at 6 p.m. Sun­day, Aug. 11, at U.S. Pizza Com­pany, lo­cated at 3600 Arkansas 5 in Bryant.

In his words, “See you punks later.”


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