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An Influence in Advancing the Mandel School

An Influence in Advancing the Mandel School
Beloved alumna Lillian (Freund) Harris passed away at the age of 104 on January 9, 2013. She was a major force in the development and success of the Mandel School. In 1983—a time when scholarship funds were difficult to secure—she initiated The Lillian and Milford Harris Fund for student scholarships. In 1994, the school’s library was named The Lillian and Milford Harris Library in recognition of Lillian’s financial support for the library. In 1997, she generously provided funding to establish an endowed professorship at the Mandel School, the Lillian F. Harris Professorship held by Claudia Coulton, PhD. Harris was among a small group of women in the United States who earned a graduate degree when she completed her MSSA in 1933. She joined her husband, Milford, also a Case Western Reserve graduate, working in their modest pharmacy on the west side of Cleveland. The business grew to become a major drug wholesaler, where she continued to work regularly well into her 90s. Harris viewed her support as the enhancement of student education at the Mandel School, which will continue to have far-reaching impact for generations to come as students graduate and work with communities, individuals and families across the country and the world. The Mandel School community will be forever grateful for the many ways she has made the university and the school a better place.

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