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J. Ira Harris

J. Ira Harris

In Memoriam

Mr. Harris is the chairman of J. I. Harris & Associates, a firm he formed in 1999. Previously, he oversaw the Midwest operation of Blair & Company before joining Salomon Brothers in 1969 as a general partner. He served as a member of the executive committee of Salomon Brothers (1978-83) and as a director of Phibro-Salomon. In 1988, he joined Lazard Freres & Company as a senior partner and member of its management committee. Mr. Harris became vice chairman of the Pritzker Organization in 1999. Mr. Harris is a life trustee of Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Corporation, and Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a life member of the board of directors of the Kravis Center and is on the executive committee of Town of Palm Beach United Way. He currently serves as a life director of Big Shoulders Fund for the Chicago Parochial School System, the Chicago Community Foundation, and the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and for National Center for Learning Disabilities in New York City. Mr. Harris is a 1959 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in April 2012.

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