Harold E. Harrison died October 2, 1989, at the age of 81 years, after a brief, rapidly progressing illness. His passing ends a career virtually synonymous with the best of pediatrics in the 20th century. He brought excellence and rich contributions to every major type of endeavor in pediatrics from his formative years until the last months of his life.
Together with his wife Helen, he advanced science through the application of chemistry to problems of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. These studies helped to illuminate this field with contributions over more than a 50-year period, including some now to appear posthumously. These achievements have been noted by the academic community by several awards, most notably the Howland Award to Harold and Helen jointly.
As a teacher, Harrison also trained two generations of pediatric residents both at his home institution, the Baltimore City Hospitals, and at The Johns Hopkins Hospital