Thomas Donald Harris

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Thomas Donald Harris

February 15, 1942 - November 01, 2018

Thomas Donald Harris Thomas Donald Harris, 76, of Terre Haute, formerly of Clinton, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at his residence. He was born Feb. 15, 1942, in Terre Haute to Donald Harris and Alice Marie Taulbee Harris.
He was a graduate of Clinton High School class of 1960. He graduated from Marietta College in 1964, then later earned his undergraduate degree in accounting, as well as his MBA, from Indiana State University. After attaining is CPA, he earned his doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1989.
He was a professor of accounting at Indiana State University from 1989 to 2015, and had served as the department chairperson for several years. Tom was the recipient of several awards. He was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Terry Edward Harris.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Smith Harris; four daughters, Kimberly Fatten, Nicole Harris, Holly Brucken, and Jennifer Hamilton; one brother, Mark Harris; one sister, Donna Helt; four grandchildren, Emerson Hamilton, Smith Hamilton, Silmarien Fatten, and Gia Brucken; and several nieces and nephews.
As per his wishes, there is no visitation or service. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Department of Accounting at Indiana State University for a scholarship that will bear his name. Please make checks payable to "ISU Foundation", with Tom Harris Scholarship written on the memo line, and mail to ISU Foundation, 30 N 5th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809.
Frist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to
Published on November 6, 2018
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Michelle Stodden (Fowler)
Nov 07, 2018
I had Dr. Harris for my two accounting classes and he was one of my favorite profs hand down. Anytime I needed help he was there...all I had to do was ask! The. When I started working at ISU he was a wonderful mentor and friend! I tested up when he retired and Iā€™m tearing up again...My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. šŸ™
Sara McCrocklin
Nov 07, 2018
Dear. Holly and all your family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Sara McCrocklin. November 7 ,2018. Dear Holly and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Nov 07, 2018
Deadear dear holl
Amy Koenig
Nov 07, 2018
Dr. Harris was an outstanding professor. None of his classes were by any means "easy" but I learned so much with him, and always enjoyed it even if it was a lot of work. He was passionate about his teaching and truly cared for his students, and went above and beyond to help them learn. Even more important than all of that, he was an absolutely outstanding person. Even though I haven't seen him in well over a decade, my heart is heavy. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren, and other family members.
Max E. Douglas
Nov 07, 2018
Janet, my prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Tom was a friend, wonderful colleague, and outstanding teacher. He touched the lives of hundreds of students.
Jim Allen-
Nov 06, 2018
RIP~Tom,Always a Gentleman!! pleasure to have known you!