Lorenzo W. Harris Jr., MD - Class of 1939

Inducted: 2003

 

 

Dr. Lorenzo Harris, Jr. graduated Asbury Park High School 1939, Howard University 1943, Howard University Medical School 1947. He did his residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, St. Louis, MO while attending Washington University specializing in Internal Medicine in 1951.

 

Dr. Harris returned to Asbury Park and opened private practice. He served on staff at Jersey Shore Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center. He was also the football team doctor for the Asbury Park High School for four years.

 

Lorenzo Harris, Jr. entered the political arena and was the first African-American elected to the Asbury Park City Council and served from 1973 until 1985. He was instrumental in initiating the development of the Asbury Park Transportation Center and city. He initiated the development of Asbury Park's Substance Abuse Treatment Center.

 

Dr. Harris was honored as the first "Board Member for Life" of the Monmouth Boys' and Girls' Club; received the "Paul Harris Fellowship" from the Asbury Park Rotary; honored by the National Christian and Jews Association.

 

Lorenzo W. Harris, Jr. was a member of the Asbury Park Democratic Club, a member and Past President of the Asbury Park Rotary, served as board member for nearly 30 years of the Monmouth County Boys' and Girls' Club. He was also past Board President of the Club, a found member of Zeta Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and served as the second president. A member of Monmouth County Men's Club, Frederick Dempsey Chapter, American Legion Post 266, NAACP Life member and a former member of I.B.P.O.E. Elks, Asbury Park; a member of the National Medical Association and New Jersey Medical Association.

 

Dr. Lorenzo W. Harris, Jr. was the proud father of three daughters and one son.

 

Personal Quotation: "Never give up on our children."