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Harris Ripps, scientist and researcher, 87

Harris Ripps, scientist and researcher, 87

Even as he approached the end of his ninth decade, Dr. Harris Ripps was still pursuing his lifelong passion — unlocking the mysteries of the human brain. The 87-year-old West Boca resident died Sept. 18 in Boston, inciting an outpouring of plaudits from his colleagues and former students, said his son, Glenn Ripps, of Los Angeles. "When you got what he taught you, you couldn't give him more joy," said Glenn Ripps, one of the scientist's three sons. He grew up poor in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, the son of a Russian immigrant, Glenn Ripps said. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18 during World War II. After the war, he earned three degrees,...