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Michael Gene Harris

Michael Gene Harris, American optometrist, lawyer, educator. Bar: California, United States District Court (northern district) California. Named Alumnus of Year, University California School Optometry, 1999, John F. Kenndey University School of Law, 2005; recipient Eminent Service award, American Academy Opometry, 2003; University California fellow, 1971, California Optometric Association scholar, 1965, George Schneider memorial scholar, 1964.


  • Harris, Michael Gene was born on September 20, 1942 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Morry and Gertrude Alice (Epstein) Harris.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University California, 1964. Master in Optometry, University California, 1965. Doctor in Optometry, University California, 1966.

      Master of Science, University California, 1968. Juris Doctor, John F. Kennedy University, 1985.


    • Associate practice optometry, Oakland, California, 1965-1966, San Francisco, 1966-1968. Instructor, coordinator contact lens clinic Ohio State University, 1968-1969. Assistant clinical professor optometry University California, Berkeley, 1969-1973, director contact lens extended care clinic, 1969-1983, chief contact lens clinic, since 1983, associate clinical professor, 1973-1976, from assistant chief to associate chief contact lens service, since 1970, from lecturer to senior lecturer, since 1978, vice chairman faculty School Optometry, 1983-1985, 95—, professor clinical optometry, 1984-1986, clinical professor, since 1986, director residency program, 1993-1995, assistant dean, 1994-1995, associate dean, 1995—2005, acting dean, 2000, director policy and planning, 2003—2007, professor emeritus, since 2007, associate dean emeritus, since 2007.

      Peter's Memorial lecturer University California School Optometry, 2000. Visiting professor City University, London, 1984. Visiting research fellow University New South Wales, Sydney, 1989.

      Senior visiting research scholar University Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1989, Victoria, 92. Member ophthalmic devices panel medical device advisory committee Food and Drug Administration, since 1990, interim chairman, 1994. Lecturer, consultant in field.

      Member regulation review committee California Board Optometry. Consultant hypnosis California Optometric Association, American Optometric Association. Consultant National Board Examiners in Optometry, Soflens division Bausch & Lomb, 1973—2007, Barnes-Hind Hydrocurve Soft Lenses, Inc., 1974—1987, Pilkinton-Barnes Hind, 1987—1994, Contact Lens Company, 1977—2001, Palo Alto, Virginia, 1980, Primarius Corporation, Cooper Vision Optics, 1979—2007, Alcon, 1980—2007, Chemical Industries Basel, 1976—2007, Vistakon, 1980—2000.

      Co-founder Morton D. Sarver Research Laboratory, 1986.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: California, United States District Court (northern district) California.


    • Editor current comments section American Journal Optometry, 1974-1977. Editor Eye Contact, 1984-1986. Associate editor The Video Journal Clinical Optometry, 1988-1992.

      Consultant editor Contact Lens Spectrum, since 1988. Author: Contact Lenses: Treatment Options for Ocular Disease, Contact Lenses for Pre & Post-Surgery. Editor: Problems in Optometry, Special Contact Lens Procedures.

      Contact Lenses in Ocular Disease, 1990. Member editorial board Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Journal. Contributor chapters to books, articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Planning commander Town of Moraga, California, 1986, vice-chairman, 1987—1988, chairman, 1988—1990. Member Town Council, Moraga, 1992—1996. Member advisory planning commission Medi-California, 1993—1995, chairman, 1994—1996, with managed care commission, since 1995, chairman managed care commission, 1996—1998.

    Life member Bay Area Council for Rescue & Recovery, 1976. Grantor Michael G. Harris Family Endowment Fund University California, Doctor Michael G. Harris Teaching award University California. Commissioner Sunday Football League Contra Costa County, 1974—1978.

    Planner, finance advisor College Park High School Track Project. Member Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Rodgers Ranch, Friends of Library. Member advisory board Mount Diablo Regional Young Men’s Christian Association, 2003—2004, co-chair, since 2008.

    Vice-mayor Town Council, Moraga, 1994—1995. City county relations committee Contra Costa County. Planning commissioner City of Pleasant Hill, 1999—2002, council member, since 2002.

    Vice chair Redevelopment Agency, Pleasant Hill, since 2002, chair, 2007—2008, vice mayor, 2003—2004, mayor, 2004—2005, 2008—2009. Founding member Young Adults division Jewish Welfare Federation, 1965—1969, chairman, 1967—1968. Charter member Jewish Community Center Contra Costa County.

    Founding member Jewish Community Museum San Francisco, 1984. Para-rabinnic Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, California, 1987, board directors, 1990, Jewish Community Relations Council Greater East Bay, 1979—1983, Campolindo Homeowners Association, 1981—1985, League of California Cities East Bay Division, since 2002. Board directors East Bay division League of California Cities, president, 2007—2008.

    Fellow: Prentice Society (president-elect 1994-1996, president 1996-1998), Association Schools and Colleges Optometry (council on academy affairs), British Contact Lens Association, American Academy Optometry (member contact lens committee 1974-1980, vice-chairman contact lens section 1980-1982, chairman section 1982-1984, immediate past chairman 1984-1986, Chairman.jud. committee 1989—2001, chairman bylaws committee 1989—2003, ethics taskforce since 1999, diplomate cornea and contact lens section, chairman contact lens papers, Eminent Service award 2003). Member: National Academies of Practice (Distin. Scholar since 2004), Contra Costa Bar Association, California Academy of Sciences, California State Board Optometry (regulation review committee), International Society Contact Lens Research, Mexico Society Contactology (honorary), National Council on Contact Lens Compliance, American Optometric Foundation, International Association Contact Lens Educators, Association Optometric Contact Lens Educators, California Optometric Association, American Optometric Association (proctor 1969-1979, consultant on hypnosis, position papers committee, member committee on opthalmic standards, subcommittee on testing and certification, consultant editor Journal), International Association Contact Lens Educators, Robert Gordon Sproul Association University California, Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society University California, John F Kennedy University School Law Alumni Association, University California Optometry Alumni Association (life), Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.


    • Married Dawn Block; children: Matthew Benjamin, Daniel Evan, Ashley Beth, Lindsay Meredith.
    • father: Morry Harris
    • mother: Gertrude Alice (Epstein) Harris
    • spouse: Dawn Block
    • children: Matthew Benjamin Harris
    • Daniel Evan Harris
    • Ashley Beth Harris
    • Lindsay Meredith Harris
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    Born September 20, 1942
    (age 75)