Hope College will award an honorary degree on Thursday, Nov. 4, to Dr. Timothy S. Harrison, who is professor emeritus of surgery and physiology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
He is being honored with a Sc.D. (Scientiae
Doctoris) for his service in both the United States and
abroad during his more than 40 years as a physician. He is
a 1949 Hope graduate.
Harrison, who lives in Lebanon, Pa., will receive
the degree during a dinner in the college's Haworth Inn and
Conference Center. Earlier in the day, he will be making a
presentation during Hope's "Science Day" for high school
students, as well as speaking with Hope pre-medical students
and to the students enrolled in the college's First-Year
Seminar on "Medicine, Faith, and Life."
Harrison was a member of the surgery and
physiology faculty at the Pennsylvania State University
College of Medicine from 1975 until his retirement in 1993.
He was previously on the surgery faculty of the University
of Michigan Medical School, where he had taught since 1962.
The son of medical missionaries, he has also held
extended teaching appointments abroad. From 1968 to 1971,
he was professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at
the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Lebanon.
From 1985 to 1987, he was a visiting professor of surgery on
the Faculty of Health Sciences at The Aga Khan University in
Karachi, Pakistan. From 1989 to 1993, he was in the
Sultanate of Oman as a visiting professor with the Ministry
of Health Hospitals and as an adjunct professor of surgery
with the Sultan Qaboos University College of Medicine in Al-
He is the author of 100 scientific papers and 29
book chapters or books, including 1992's "Surgery for All:
A View from the Developing World," written with seven co-
editors and 33 authors. His first publication was a study
that he published in collaboration with his father, Dr. Paul
Harrison, while still in medical school.
Harrison was born in Kodikanal, South India, and
raised in Bahrain. After his mother Regina's death he moved
to the United States and graduated from Holland High School.
He majored in chemistry at Hope, and earned his M.D. in 1953
at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore,
Prior to joining the University of Michigan
faculty in 1962, he held appointments at the Johns Hopkins
Medical School, Harvard Medical School and Yale University
Medical School. He was a clinical and research fellow in
surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1956 to
1957, and from 1959 to 1960 he was a special research fellow
with Dr. U.S. von Euler at the Karolinska Institute in
While at the University of Michigan, he also
served as a consultant in surgery with the Ann Arbor
Veterans Administration Hospital and as a consulting editor
in medical sciences with the Blaisdell Publishing Company.
He is a member of numerous medical organizations.
He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps, serving as a hospital corpsman from August of 1945 to
January of 1947.