RAY E. HARRIS, M. D.
Notwithstanding the fact that Dr. Ray E. Harris has been engaged in the practice of medicine in San Francisco but
a comparatively short time, he has made rapid progress in building up his prestige and his clientele, and is now
numbered among the most promising of the younger physicians in this city.
Dr. Harris is a native of Rooks county, Kansas, where his birth occurred February 4, 1898. He is a son of Ed and
Mary (Cobry) Harris. The former was also born in Kansas, being a member of a pioneer family there, and of English
descent. During his active career, he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. His wife was born in the state of Vermont,
of English and French extraction. To their marriage, in addition to Dr. Harris, there was born a daughter, Eva,
who is deceased.
Dr. Harris completed the courses offered in the public schools of Graham county, Kansas, and afterward took up
his professional studies at St. Louis University, which conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Medicine in
the year 1925. He then came to San Francisco, and here began his interneship at the Franklin Hospital, where he
remained for one year. From 1926 until 1929, he was medical director of the San Francisco Polyclinic hospital,
after which he embarked in general practice on his own account. He has an excellently equipped office at 86 Post
street in San Francisco. Dr. Harris has studied long years to prepare himself for his chosen life's vocation, and
he is a typical example of the modern school of younger doctors, those of high courage and firm belief in the up
to date theories of medical practice. Dr. Harris is physician for the Blue Top Cab Company and also for the Red
Top Cab Company. He is likewise medical examiner for the West Coast Life Insurance Company.
In San Rafael, California, March 3, 1930, Dr. Harris took as his wife Miss Irene Conklin, who was born in Kalamazoo,
Michigan, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Conklin. Dr. and Mrs. Harris have one son, Ray Edward, Jr., whose
birth occurred May 16, 1931. The family residence is situated at 300 Buchanan street in San Francisco.
In politics, Dr. Harris is a stanch republican. During his university days, he became a member of the Phi Chi medical
fraternity, and he now belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the local Lions Club. Outdoor
sports have been his source of recreation. During the World war, Dr. Harris enlisted in the United States Army,
and served therein for a short period. He deserves the success he has attained in his profession, for it has been
won entirely through his individual efforts. He has been self supporting since he was fourteen years of age, but
his ambitions were high, and with steadfast determination he clung to his course until he had achieved the training
and education necessary for starting in his chosen work.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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