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Eric W. Harris

Born: Jan 8, 1916

Death: Oct 24, 2007

Birthplace: Rapides Parish

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Eric W. Harris

Date of Birth : Jan 8, 1916
Date of Death : Oct 24, 2007
Birth Place : Rapides Parish

Eric Wyckoff Harris, Sr. was an Alexandria businessman and civic leader who in 1939 headed the committee which organized the first Louisiana chapter of the Jaycees, or United States Junior Chamber. A builder and real estate developer, he was co-owner of Hill Harris & Company from 1936 until 2005, when he and his brother, James C. Harris closed the business, which was founded by their father. Harris was born to Homer H. Harris, Sr., and the former Arletta Cato at Hard Times Plantation south of Alexandria. The family moved to Alexandria in 1921. He graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, attended Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville for two years, and graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity. During World War II, Harris volunteered in the United States Army Air Corps. He piloted B-29 bombers. Harris was a member of the Alexandria-Pineville Chamber of Commerce and chaired its aviation committee. He also served for a decade on the Rapides Parish Aviation Authority, including two years a president.


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