A Memory of Dr. George Yost Harry

By Saang-Yoon Hyun

Dr. Harry, Saang Yoong, and Evelyn Harry

Dr. Harry, Saang-Yo0g, and Evelyn Harry

I met Dr. Harry first in summer of 1993 at SeaTac airport, when I entered the USA first for my graduate study at the University of Washington (UW).  During my first year at the UW, I was financially sponsored as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar by the Rotary International.  Dr. Harry as a Rotarian guide picked me up the airport.  We had never seen each other before, and he was showing up at the airport wearing a Rotary cap to give me a clue.   

My MS program at the UW was in Fisheries, where Dr. Harry received his Ph.D.   He was closely interested in my progress and work.  Indeed, I was helped much by him in many things: e.g., not only fisheries and academic issues but also human relation, etc.  Even still I consult him on phone or  by email.  Now we are at distant locations.  I cannot describe him only in a few words or sentence.  I was often inspired by him.  One of the most impressive characteristics of his is a wonderful balance in work, family, and social activity.  He was a well respected scientist and government manager, he has a happy family even having great-grand children, and he is loved by people.  I truly admire him.  I consider him my American grandfather.  In this year, he is 94 years old (his birth date: Jan 14, 1919).   I am glad he is still active, and hope he will continue to do so. 


About finleyc

I'm a writer and a historian of science. I'm interested in the intersection of science and policy in the oceans, and especially around fishing.
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