Paul Thomas Harris Sr., a retired procurement officer, died Friday of lymphoma at his Glyndon home. He was 74.
Mr. Harris was born in Philadelphia and raised in Altoona, Pa., before moving to Southwest Baltimore with his family.
He was a 1951 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1970 from the University of Baltimore while working full time at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant.
Mr. Harris began his business career in the printing department at Commercial Credit Inc., eventually rising to vice president.
Later, he was chief of purchasing for the State of Maryland. He subsequently was in charge of purchasing from the state Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and the port of Baltimore.
He retired in 2002 but continued working part time for the state Department of Transportation.
Mr. Harris enjoyed spending time at a second home that he and his wife of 17 years, the former Sandra Nippard, owned in Ocean City.
Services were held Tuesday.
Also surviving are a son, Bruce N. Harris of Stewartstown, Pa.; a daughter, Tracy Graham of Stewartstown, Pa.; a stepson, Don Nippard of Severna Park; a stepdaughter, Kelly N. Ritchey of Finksburg; three sisters, Virgie Frentz of Baltimore, Helen Storm of Lutherville and Mary Claybaugh of Kingsville; and six grandchildren. His wife of many years, the former Mary Jane Hauf, died in 1987.