In Memoriam: Dr. Frank Harrison

UT Southwestern administrator, UT institutional leader

Dr. Frank Harrison, President Emeritus of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and a former Dean at UT Southwestern Medical Center and at UT Arlington, died Aug. 9 in Dallas.

Dr. Frank Harrison
Dr. Frank Harrison

Dr. Harrison, 99, earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in 1956 before a long and distinguished career of service within the UT System.

Upon Dr. Harrison’s retirement in 1985, former UT System Chancellor E. Don Walker commented on his long service to three UT institutions, saying: “I don’t have a better friend in or out of higher education than Frank Harrison. The universities always are better off for [him] having been there.”

As a UT Southwestern faculty member, Dr. Harrison was selected by Dr. A.J. Gill, then Dean of the Medical School, for several leadership positions from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.

In 1966, Chancellor Dr. Harry Ransom selected Dr. Harrison to launch the graduate program at UT Arlington. The UT System Board of Regents hired Dr. Harrison in 1972 as the first President of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, an institution that at the time included a medical school and a dental school.

In 2000, Dr. Harrison was named President Emeritus by the UT System Regents. Dr. Harrison was a periodic visitor to the Health Science Center, including his return with President Dr. William L. Henrich and former President and current UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa in November 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the institution’s founding.

Contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at to support a scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Harrison.