Michael J. Harrison

Profile Updated: March 12, 2021
Residing In: Corcoran, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Sandra A (Swanson) Harrison
Career history: Dentist - retired
Children: Michael, born 1963
Shelly, born 1964
Gregory, born 1968
Military Service: USAF  

After graduation from RHS I enrolled at the University of Minnesota. I received my BS degree in 1964 and my DDS degree in June of 1966. I married Sandy Swanson, a RHS 1960 classmate, in 1963 while at the U of M. Sandy was a nurse working at Abbot Hospital. She was the main support, in many ways, for our family at the time. While in dental school I volunteered in the USAF in 1964 during Viet Nam and after graduating from dental school in 1966 I served on active duty, stationed in California, for 2 years. We returned to Minnesota in 1968 where I set up my practice in Wayzata, MN with 2 other dentists. Our practice eventually grew to 5 dentists. In 1971 I started teaching part time at the U of M School of Dentistry and continued that until 2003 when we retired. I continued in group practice until 1992 with Sandy being my office coordinator/administrator for the last half of that practice. In 1991 our oldest son, Mike, graduated from dental school and after an internship at the VA, joined me in our adult dental practice also located in Wayzata until our retirement in 2003.

Our children were all born in the 60's. Our oldest son Mike, born 1963; daughter Shelly, born 1964; youngest son Greg born 1968. Mike and his wife Karla have 4 sons. Karla has been a full time mother since college and also full-time employee for an electrical firm. They live in Plymouth, MN. Our daughter Shelly Kelly worked in real estate and marketing after college and has been a full time mother for many years. She and husband Chad have 3 daughters and 2 sons. Chad is the CMO for a firm in Plymouth. They also live in Plymouth, MN. Our youngest son Greg is a physician specializing in neurosurgery. He and his wife Julie live in Boise, ID. Julie was a full-time nurse and now a full-time mother for their two young daughters. Our children and especially our grandchildren have started to disperse which has both it's pluses and minuses. We enjoy the variety and travel. Keeps us busy.

I enjoy most outdoor activities including hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, golf plus racquetball, pickleball, photography, writing, traveling and mostly enjoying family and friends. Sandy and I have been involved in many mission trips here in the US and in other countries setting up dental clinics, doing construction and healthcare education, mostly in Central America. We spend a lot of time trying to keep up with family and friends. We have been very active in our church, Minnetonka United Methodists Church, for many years. Many fond memories of RHS. We have found that the most important treasure in life is in sharing memories of the past, enjoying each day and looking to the future in our relationships with others. We are blessed.

We presently live in Corcoran, MN in a 55+ Del Webb community called Bellwether.

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Oct 10, 2023 at 3:33 AM
Oct 10, 2022 at 8:26 AM

Did you want that Bacon crisp this mornin ? You finally caught up with Ramberg ! Happy Birthday Ol Tymer !

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Nov 15, 2020 at 9:29 PM

Posted on: Nov 10, 2020 at 9:36 AM

Greetings 1960 RHS classmates! We recently have seen that one of our highly respected and loved teachers at Roosevelt has passed away. That teacher was Al Cannon who taught biology for many years at Roosevelt. This post is to try to use our website to inform classmates when we receive information that people would like to know about, but do not have access to the information for one reason or another. Below is the obituary for "Mr. Cannon" that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Alphonsa Zedekiah 'Al' Cannon
Cannon, Alphonsa "Al" Zedekiah passed away on October 24, 2020 at the age of 91. Al was born in Corona, Alabama on March 7, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, Worth and Vera Cannon, and brothers Manasseh and Charles Cannon. Al moved to Minneapolis in the 1950s to start a family, and taught science for many years at Roosevelt High School, was an active member of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers teacher's union, and was ultimately named to the Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame. Al is survived by his two sons, Christopher and Kevin Cannon. Al was a wise, kind hearted and thoughtful member of the community, whose presence and warm personality had a great impact on many people, including family, former students, friends, and associates. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date due to COVID.

Published on November 1, 2020

Oct 10, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Happy Birthday Mike, hope it’s the best one yet !!!

Oct 10, 2020 at 8:05 AM

Happy Birthday Mike !.....save a slice for Ramberg !

Oct 10, 2020 at 3:33 AM
Oct 10, 2019 at 7:51 PM

Happy Birthday Michael J ! ....Mom was gonna name me Michael...then Dad said " Bruce " just won Heisman at U of M so it stuck....Our firstborn in 82 is Michael !...Easy on the frosting n save a slice for Ramberg !

Oct 10, 2019 at 9:52 AM

Happy Birthday Mike, hope it’s the best one yet!!!

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Jun 04, 2019 at 7:33 AM

Many thanks to Suzanne Abraham (Enlund) and Tom Arneson for their help in getting this obituary corrected.

MJH 06/04/2019

May 13, 2019 at 7:33 PM

Dear classmates. Somehow Jim Johnson's obituary was omitted from our web site. I have reposted what I believe to be his obituary from 2018 in the Star Tribune. Much thanks to Tom Arenson for noticing that the obituary was missing.

MJH 5/2019



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Apr 16, 2019 at 3:37 PM

Posted on: Apr 16, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Happy belated Birthday Marie!! Hope you had a great day and your tax return is substantial!! Have fun!

Oct 10, 2018 at 12:35 PM

Happy Birthday Mike, hope it’s the best one yet !!!

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