George Harris, 85 a retired salesman with the Remington-Rand Corp. who was active in church organizations, died of cancer Sunday in his Chevy Chase home.

He was president of the Washington Bible Society from 1953 to 1961, and has been president emeritus since 1963.

Mr. Harris also had been president of the Organized Bible Class Association from 1959 to 1961, and had chaired that organization's Bible Fund since 1943.

He had been a member of the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church for more than 40 years and helped organize its fellowship class in 1942.

Mr. Harris was born in Nashua, N.H., and reared in Boston. He came to Washington in 1916. He worked as a salesman for Remington-Rand for more than 40 years, both in Boston and Washington, before retiring in 1959.

He served with the Army in France during World War I.

In addition to church groups, Mr. Harris also had been affiliated with the YMCA, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, and Masonic organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, and a son, Kenneth C., Both of the home; a daughter, Jane Harris, of Gaithersburg, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, or to the American Cancer Society.