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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 05:59:03 :

San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, September 7, 2001

King Harris

Family members are planning a private gathering to honor King Harris, a fourth-generation San Franciscan and advertising executive.

Mr. Harris died on July 20 at his home in Middleburg, Va., at the age of 88.

Born in 1913, Mr. Harris graduated from Stanford University in 1935. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy, commanding a landing ship tank during the battle of Leyte Gulf.

After the war, Mr. Harris opened an advertising agency in San Francisco called Harris and Wood. He worked for such clients as Granny Goose, Roos Atkins and Spreckels Sugar. He was also responsible for developing the slogan "Mountain Grown" for Folger's Coffee, said his brother Robert Harris.

After retiring in 1970, Mr. Harris founded a nonprofit ad agency called Public Interest Communications to bring attention to causes like the United Farm Workers and the Delancey Street Foundation.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Harris; daughters Ann Richardson of Sonoma and Judith Harris of Greenbrae; sons King Harris Jr. of Arroyo Grande (San Luis Obispo County)and James K. Harris of Great Barrington, Mass.; brothers Lawrence W. Harris Jr. of Carmel Valley and Robert C. Harris of San Francisco; and five grandchildren.

The private family gathering will be held in Colma tomorrow.

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