Donald Harris, 54, speech pathologist

February 20, 2006

Donald Harris, a speech pathologist in the Baltimore public school system, died Feb. 13 while jogging. He was 54 and suffered from hardening of the arteries, his family said.

Mr. Harris, who lived in Baltimore, was the seventh of 11 children. He was educated in the Baltimore County public school system, where he developed a love of track and field and graduated from Hereford High.

He graduated from Towson University and earned a master's degree in speech pathology at the University of the District of Columbia. He taught in Baltimore and Harford counties and Baltimore City.

While a teacher for 22 years, Mr. Harris also coached lacrosse and served as a mentor to many students, his family said. He had spent the past decade as a speech pathologist at Thurgood Marshall High School.

A member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Mr. Harris had been working on a manual in speech pathology.

His marriage to Lynn Williams Harris ended in divorce.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his father, Grason Harris Jr. of Monkton; a daughter, Kalyn Harris of Baltimore; a son, Jordon Harris of Baltimore; five brothers, Grason Harris III of Govans, Richard Harris of Jacksonville, Baltimore County, Walter Harris of Randallstown, Harry Harris of Phoenix and Dennis Harris of Monkton; and four sisters, Gloria Harris and Louise Harris, both of Monkton, Lois Johnson of Florida and Mae Carbo of New Jersey.

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