Lawrence Holiday Harris, historian and diplomat, dies at 89





Lawrence Harris, who had careers as an American diplomat, an army officer and a college professor, visited 52 countries and every continent.

But the Roswell resident always returned to his roots. He was the son of Southern Baptist missionaries, raised in China during the 1920s and ’30s.

That background gave him a lifelong affection for Asia – his wife, Thelma Harris, is from the Philippines – a commitment to God and respect for the Baptist faith, said his family and friends.

His pastor, Ron Bradley of Roswell First Baptist Church, said Dr. Harris was “an ambassador for Christ” who had a “heart for the world.”...

Lawrence Holiday Harris, 89, of Roswell, died July 2 at his home as a result of a weakened heart caused by an aortic dissection, his wife said. A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Roswell First Baptist Church, 710 Mimosa Blvd. Northside Chapel and Crematory in Roswell is in charge of arrangements....

Dr. Harris, who had a doctorate in political science, taught at numerous other colleges and universities. He retired after 19 years at Savannah State University as director of international studies and professor of history and political science....


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