Whittier College News Release

Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

May 9, 2003    
Reference: 02/03: 80                                                      

Contact:  Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974

CLINTON O. HARRIS, 92, WHITTIER BUSINESSMAN WAS LONGTIME NIXON FRIEND         

Clint Harris, CEO and former president of Clint Harris Automotive Inc., which includes Oldsmobiles, GMC trucks, and Saturns, died Wednesday, May 7, at Park Regency in La Habra He was one of the top volume Oldsmobile dealerships in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years and an award-winning member of the General Motors President's Council.

Born at his parent’s Covina farmhouse in 1910, Harris graduated from Whittier College in 1934 with a B.A. in economics.  He played on the basketball team and was active in track and field, as well as football.  One of his teammates was Richard Nixon, who became a lifelong friend.  Both were members of the Orthogonians, a college society for athletes co-founded by Nixon. 

Harris had a long association with Whittier College, serving as a trustee from 1962-2002. He was named an honorary member of the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and received the Alumni Service Award in 1968 and 1990, and was awarded an honorary degree from the college  in 1995.  He was also a member of the Whittier YMCA Advisory Board and the Whittier Chamber of Commerce and a past director of the Central Basin Water District and the

Oldsmobile Advertising Association.  The Boy Scouts of America presented him with the Good Scout Award in 1990.

In addition to his car dealerships, Harris owned a large cattle ranch with sizable timber holdings in eastern Oregon, where he has been recognized for forest improvement in the Pacific Northwest.  He was named Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year in 1990.

Harris survived two wives, Flora Honeyman, his college sweetheart, to whom he was married for 51 years before her death in 1990, and Clarice Perry, who died in 1994.  Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, David and Iris Harris of Whittier; daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Roger Wolcott of Bend, Ore.; and daughter and son-in-law Maudi and Mike Green of Whittier; as well as seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at First Friends Church in Whittier with Klane Robison officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Whittier College Library Fund or Purple & Gold, the college’s athletic support group.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa. 
 

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