James Kelly Harris, 62, mechanical engineer, veteran

June 05, 2006

James Kelly Harris, a mechanical engineer, died of a heart attack Friday while riding the light rail to his job in Timonium. The Severna Park resident was 62.

Mr. Harris was born and educated in Bessemer, Ala. He graduated in 1965 from Georgia Tech, where he played football.

"He still was a big fan of college football and watched all the Georgia Tech games," said his daughter, Katherine A. Harris of Springfield, Va.

He was a former Army officer and served with the Chemical Weapons Corps at Fort Detrick. He moved to Maryland in 1989 and was employed as engineering manager at Pall Corp.

He and his wife of 37 years, the former Patricia Ann Boyles, enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Mr. Harris served as a reader and chalice bearer at his parish, St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Church Circle in Annapolis, where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include a son, Patrick K. Harris of Eldersburg; a brother, Carl R. Harris of McCalla, Ala.; and a sister, Janet Harris Troutman of Birmingham, Ala.

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