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Where are they now? with Lynn Harris

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

During World War II everyone in the United States made sacrifices due to rationing of items like rubber for tires and food items. Major League baseball suspended play due to a lack of players. It was not any different at Lipscomb. A junior college at the time, finding players for athletics teams was a challenge. Lynn Harris, who spent some time with Lipscombsports.com this week, played for the Bisons basketball team while he was still in high school..

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played basketball in 1944 and 1945. Eugene “Fessor” Boyce was my coach.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“I have two. One was playing against David Scobey, who had played at Lipscomb before transferring to Vanderbilt.

“I played college basketball at age 16 while I was still in high school. I couldn’t play high school basketball because I was a transfer student. I don’t know if I was that good. They had an extremely good high school team back then.

“The college was not a member of any organization then. They told me they needed someone to play on the college team. They said if I would take high school courses in college that they would register me as a college student and give me high school credit for the courses I needed to graduate. I got some college credit along with that too.

“It was hard to find players because of World War II. We only had nine players on the team. I was a guard. I ended up making first team.

“We made one long trip. We went to Cookeville to play Tennessee Tech.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

”’Fessor’ Boyce because of his humility. He did a little bit of everything back then. He coached tennis and golf and taught two or three classes.

“He was one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. He was very easy-going. He never got upset.”

What is the fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“The Christian fellowship. All of the students were quality students. I would say that 99 percent of them were members of the Church of Christ. Just being associated with that group of people was so different to me than it was when I was growing up and going to a public school. “

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“Friendships that have lasted a lifetime.”

Who was your favorite professor>? Why?

Harris J. Dark for his knowledge of the Bible, his correct interpretation and the application of its teaching.”

Where do you live now?

In Brentwood, Tenn.

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I retired in 1993. I was with the Dana Corporation as a distribution manager for the midsouth working with independent distributors. I was also an accountant for seven-and-a-half years.”

Tell us about your family.

“My wife’s name is Nancy. We have a daughter, Suzanne Ramsey, and a son-in-law, Fred. We have two grandchildren, Paul Allen and Olivia Ray Ramsey.”

Lynn Harris does not have an e-mail address.