Andrew Sturgis Harris


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Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA - Andrew Sturgis Harris, sailor, skier, pilot, architect, entrepreneur, community volunteer, and for many decades, town board member in his cherished Manchester-by-the-Sea, died on July 5, 2019, of mantle cell lymphoma.

Andy was born in Albany, New York, August 30, 1938, to Josephine Sturgis Harris and Albert Hall Harris, M.D.
The summers of his youth were idyllic at his grandmother's home overlooking Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea. He played with his many cousins and learned to sail.

While at Harvard University, Andy arranged his academic schedule to accommodate three-day weekends for skiing in New Hampshire. He spent a year at the University of Munich perfecting his German and his skiing. He earned a degree in Architecture at MIT.

Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hired Andy and for a time and he managed their office in New York City. Well along in his career at BBN and with a new MBA earned at Northeastern University in 1981, Andy asked his BBN co-workers Bob Miller, Carl Hanson and Nick Miller to join him in establishing a new acoustics consulting company focusing on transportation noise. They agreed to form Harris Miller Miller and Hanson (HMMH). In 1983 they hired their first senior technical staff member Chris Menge. Chris helped Carl to build the surface transportation business.

From its founding, Andy Harris was the motivating and inspirational presence at HMMH and served as President and CEO during the first eight years. His strongly held belief in fairness, generosity, and integrity in all actions, not only for clients but for employees and competitors as well, established the company culture. These beliefs led to a culture of trust, openness, and inclusion. It was the trusting personal relationships that he, the other founders and the later employees established throughout their work that became the widely recognized HMMH trademark. Andy continued actively consulting and innovating at HMMH until 2000.

Along the way Andy received a doctorate in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Andy is survived by his wife Katharine (Kate) Culhane; their daughters Danielle Benoit of London, U.K.; Monique Benoit of Danvers, Mass.; Heidi Harris of Marietta, Georgia; Lisa and Christopher Follett of Columbia Falls, Montana, and Marguerite Quevedo of Naples, Florida. Andy and Kate's grandchildren are Cheyenne Sandoval, Kaitlin Quevedo, Sofia Quevedo, Anabel Quevedo, Charlie Pasco; and their great-granddaughter Lily Moss.

Donations in Andy's memory may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, or to Emmanuel Church, 24 Masconomo Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944.

Andy's service will be on July 20, at 9 a.m., at Emmanuel Church, 24 Masconomo Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944. A reception will follow this service at Sacred Heart's Parish Hall, 60 School Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Fr. Luther Zeigler is the Minister of Emanuel Church. Fr. Bret B. Hayes is the rector at Andy's parish church, St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester.
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Armando Tovar
Aug 07, 2019
When I started at RDU, Andy was the first consultant that I worked with. That working relationship lasted for ten years. I was the beneficiary. I couldn't teach him anything about aviation noise but he sure taught me a lot. He was a positive influence in my career. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him. Thanks Andy.
Bill Allen
Jul 22, 2019
I was very sorry to hear about Andy's passing. He led an extraordinary life and was well respected by so many. I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet with him in the past. My condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.
Nick Miller
Jul 20, 2019
The original HMMH, shown left to right: Nick Miller, Andy Harris , Carl Hanson, Bob Miller. What a party it was. HMMH continues now with four offices and more than 40 employees.
Patrick Mullaney
Jul 18, 2019
I first met Andy in the early 1990s while working on an airport noise litigation case. He was brilliant in his field. More importantly, he was warm, kind and funny. We spent one sunny afternoon sitting in front of a noise monitoring microphone laughing about how the sounds from nearby songbirds were drowning out the aircraft noise that he was trying to measure. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know Andy. He was a good man.
Hallie Baker
Jul 18, 2019
Deepest condolences, Kate. We will miss Andy here in the candy shop. Take good care.