Some Sad News – Robert Harris, Heller Shareholder

This was sent in by a Heller Highwater follower:

“Mr. Robert Harris, our 92 year old partner in San Francisco died suddenly Monday, December 15, 2008.  Apparently Bob fell at home on Sunday and hit his head. He was taken to the hospital and passed away Monday morning.

I worked on the same floor with him for the past eight years. He came in every day dressed in his suit. Lately he used his walker, but he was sharp as a tack and fiercely independent. He never asked for help opening those 10 ton doors ( but everyone helped him anyway).  He started working at Heller in 1940 and at one time shared office space with another young associate, Caspar Weinberger. Back in those days, Mr. Harris was known as “Bobby”.

It was only about three months ago that Heller’s San Francisco office hosted a party to celebrate Ebba Jensen’s 30 years with Heller. She was known as ‘the voice of Heller’. Mr. Harris came to the party too and easily took the good natured ribbing from the current leaders.

Personally I know that Mr Harris was very upset about the demise of Heller Ehrman (White & McAuliffe). It broke his heart. This is just one more great loss for the Heller family. Mr. Harris, you will always be remembered.”

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3 Responses to “Some Sad News – Robert Harris, Heller Shareholder”


  1. 1 Former Associate 17 December 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Mr. Harris was a gentleman of the old school, and in my experience a pleasure to work with. He had a long, full life. R.I.P.

  2. 2 Iwasthere 18 December 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I am sad that Mr. Harris experienced Heller’s dissolution. He was a fine man of his generation. Everyone delighted in greeting Mr. Harris and opening doors for him. He was charming and at times a bit of a crank but always elegant. I’ll always remember him talking about his driver “Jimmy”. His secretary, Martha, stayed by his side during some very difficult times.

    I am fortunate to have known him.

  3. 3 Legal Secretary 19 December 2008 at 8:01 pm

    That dear old man. I can’t help but think that the ugly end of Heller had a terrible effect on him. I do wish this hadn’t happened to him.


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