Phi Kappa Psi Mourns the Loss of Whitney Harris

Phi Kappa Psi and the United States suffered a great loss on Wednesday, April 21st, as it was learned that Brother Whitney Harris Washington '30 passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 97-years-old.

UPDATE: A memorial service for Brother Harris will be held on Sunday, May 23rd in the chapel at the Washington University Campus in Saint Louis.  

Brother Harris was most prominently known for his role as the lead prosecutor of the Nuremberg war-crime trials in 1945, in which several leaders of the Nazi regime were held responsible for numerous violations of human rights. He directly tried Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the senior surviving leader of the Nazi Security Police in addition to assisting with the prosecution of several others.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, Brother Harris was placed in charge of investigating crimes during the war, and, after the Nuremberg trials, he stayed in Europe to continue the investigation and prosecution of nearly two-dozen Nazi criminals.

For more on the life of Whitney Harris, you can read his complete obituary in the Washington Post.

Later in his life, he taught law at Southern Methodist University, chronicled the history of the Nuremberg trials and was a pillar of the community in St. Louis. Both the Washington Alpha Chapter and the Seattle Alumni Association of Phi Kappa Psi honor Brother Harris annually. At each Founders Day, an honored alumnus who has served his community and Fraternity is awarded the Whitney Harris Alumnus of the Year Award.

In 2008, Brother Harris was also honored with the Phi Psi Foundation's highest award, the National Leadership Award, at the Grand Arch Council in Indianapolis.

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