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Charles Ellsworth Harman, M.D., J.D

February 21, 1931 August 15, 2021
Charles Ellsworth Harman, M.D., J.D
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Charles Ellsworth Harman, age 90, passed away at home in Brookings, Oregon, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth Harman of Brookings, Oregon; children Johanna, Audrey and Paul Harman; his brother Robert Harman and sisters Muriel Brandt and half-sister Dianne Agster. His sister Arlene Malicot preceded him in death.

Charles was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of George Harman and Myrtle Morkassel. He graduated from UCLA and went to medical school at St. Louis University after which he met his wife Mary, while working as a first-year resident in psychiatry at Brooklyn State Hospital. She was a registered nurse at the same hospital. She said, “I was coming off my shift from a closed ward and he was just arriving, and he gave me the biggest, most beautiful smile.” They were together ever since.

Charles was a renaissance man who worked hard to put himself through medical school. He was board-certified in psychiatry and board eligible in neurology. He was a medical researcher, violinmaker (violins, cellos & violas), had a J. D. degree, was a fisherman (commercial salmon & tuna); a boat builder (53 foot sailing fish boat), amateur string player, author (autobiography, law, psychiatry, viola making) and whistleblower He was such a fan of baseball (go Giants! Mariners!) that he regularly practiced his pitches and went to the batting cages even up until his mid-70’s, hitting the ball at up to 70 mph. Charles initiated preservation of Native American land in Arizona and co-founded Friends of Music with Professor Eugene Andre in Brookings, Oregon. He generously donated his instruments to students and professionals. Charles was a brilliant man who chose often to defend and support the vulnerable He was also a great husband and father. We miss you.

His immediate family will hold a private memorial at a later date.

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