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Harry Amerman Bliss ’41

Published in Dec. 8, 2005, issue

Harry died Sept. 12, 2004.

A graduate of the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., he majored in chemistry at Princeton, where he was a member of Key and Seal. Harry roomed with Pete Lehman.

After Harvard Medical School, Harry served in the Navy Medical Corps, and was a battalion medical officer with the Seabees in the Philippines. He began his medical practice in Portland, Maine, but was called back into the medical corps in 1953-55. Harry then spent 12 years as a professor of medicine at the University of Illinois before returning to practice in Portland. In 1974 he earned a master's in public health from the University of Michigan and returned to Portland to establish the Primary Medical Center. Harry served as Maine governor for the American College of Physicians from 1973-82, and received the Award for Distinguished Service in 1980 and the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians in 1987.

Active with Physicians for Social Responsibility, he was inspired to earn a master's in political science from Columbia in 1987, and do postdoctoral work at Yale from 1994-96. Harry retired from active practice in 1988, but continued to work with the Maine Medical Center until he died.

Harry leaves his wife, Ellis Kitchell Bliss; daughters Lisa Eaves, Jane Bliss, and Emily Lesser; son Bill; and eight grandchildren.

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