Jose Harris Obituary, Death- It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Jose Harris FBA, a distinguished scholar and beloved member of the academic community. Professor Harris, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, left us at the age of 82, leaving behind a legacy that will forever illuminate the corridors of knowledge.
Professor Harris’s connection with St Catherine’s College was profound and enduring. Her journey with the college began in 1978 when she became a Fellow and her dedication to the institution was unwavering. She served as a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History from 1978 to 1997 and continued her association as an Emeritus Fellow following her retirement. In recognition of her invaluable contributions, she also held the position of Vice-Master from 2003 to 2005.
Born in 1941, Professor Harris’s academic journey was marked by excellence. She completed her BA and PhD at the University of Cambridge, laying the foundation for a remarkable career. Her intellectual pursuits led her to various esteemed institutions, including University College London, Nuffield College, Oxford, and the London School of Economics, where she lectured and served as a Senior Lecturer.
Professor Harris was a preeminent modern historian with a focus on social history, the history of social policy, and political thought. Her scholarship transcended borders, encompassing the historical tapestries of Britain, France, and Germany. Her body of work, which includes a seminal biography of William Beveridge, has left an indelible mark on the field of history.
In recognition of her scholarly achievements, Professor Harris was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1993, a testament to her academic eminence. Her insightful contributions could be found in esteemed publications such as the London Review of Books and the Royal Academy’s work. Most recently, she turned her attention to the life and contributions of Beatrice Webb, the first woman admitted to the Royal Academy and a founding figure of the London School of Economics.
Professor Harris remained a dedicated friend of St Catherine’s College throughout her life. Even after retirement, she continued to enrich the academic community by leading tours for alumni and visitors, sharing her deep knowledge of the College’s modern history. Her generosity, kindness, and unwavering commitment to intellectual rigor left an indelible impact on the hearts and minds of her students, colleagues, and all who had the privilege of knowing her.
In the wake of Professor Jose Harris’s passing, St Catherine’s College mourns the loss of a brilliant historian, a devoted educator, and a cherished friend. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations of scholars, and her memory will forever remain a beacon of knowledge in our hearts.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and all those touched by her wisdom and warmth. Professor Jose Harris leaves behind an enduring legacy that will continue to shape the world of history and academia for years to come.