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Larry Eugene Harris, American optometrist. Named Optometrist of the Year Heart of America Contact Lens Society, 1990.


Harris, Larry Eugene was born on July 13, 1939 in Chanute, Kansas, United States. Son of Paul Neal and Velma Ellen (Anderson) Harris.


Associate of Arts, Chanute Junior College, 1959. OD, Illinois College Optometry, 1962.


Optometry officer, United States Army, 1962-1967;advance through grades to captain, United States Army, 1967;private practice, Topeka, Kansas, since 1968;private practice, Valley Falls, Kansas, since 1969. Apartment consultant optometry Kansas Medicaid Program, 1969-1978, Medicare, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas, since 1987. President N.E. Kansas Health Systems Agency, 1976-1978.

Secretary-treasurer Kansas State Board of Examiners in Optometry, 1991-1994.


Chairman Capitol Region Health Planning Council, 1974-1975. Active vision guidelines committee Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, 1983, 89. Chairman administration board 1st United Methodist Church, Topeka, 1992-1993.

Member American Optometric Association (federal relations advisory committee 1982, 85-88, executive committee education and manpower division 1983-1985, chairman medicare reimbursement project team 1986-1987, chairman resolutions committee 1987, credentials committee 1988), Kansas Optometric Association (board directors 1978-1984, legislation committee 1982-1987, president 1982-1983, named Optometrist of the Year 1986, third party care committee).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: computers, photography, reading, music, politics.


Children: Donna Lorraine, Amy Leigh, Daniel Patrick.