Dr. Norman W. Harris, 90, a physician in Washington for more than 60 years until his retirement in 1976 and a former member of the faculty of the Howard University College of Medicine, died Thursday at the Byrd nursing home in Washington after a stroke.
Dr. Harris was born in Norfolk and graduated from the old Norfolk Mission College. He came to Washington about 1910 to begin his medical education at Howard, where he earned his degree in 1915. He did his internship at the old Freedman's Hospital, now Howard University Hospital, and established a private practice in internal medicine.
Dr. Harris maintained offices in Georgetown for many years and later on S Street NW. In 1953 his son, Dr. Norman W. Harris Jr., joined him in his practice.
From 1935 until he gave up the position in 1962, Dr. Harris was chief of the Medical Outpatient Clinic at Freedman's. As such, he taught several generations of students at the Howard College of Medicine.
Dr. Harris was a life member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the National Medical Association, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia, the Daniel Hale Williams Medical Reading Club, the Howard University Medical Alumni Association, and the Association of Former Interns of Freedman's Hospital, of which he was a past president.
He was also a member of the NAACP, the Urban League and the Husbands and Wives Social Club.
His wife, Katie W. Harris, whom he married in 1920, died last year.
In addition to Dr. Norman W. Jr., of Washington, survivors include a daughter, Nadine H. Mitchell of Philadelphia, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.