DR. MATTHEW HARRISONDr. Matthew Harrison, 52, passed away on Feb. 21, 2014
Dr. Matthew Harrison, 52, passed away on Feb. 21, 2014. He lived courageously with cancer until peacefully leaving to be with the Lord.
Matthew was born in Rochester, Minn., and previously lived in Duluth.
He worked as a physical and sports medicine doctor for Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, N.M. He was the director of the inpatient rehabilitation unit at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth for several years.
With his leadership, Matthew brought integrity and a high level of excellent care to his patients.
Matthew was passionate about living life to the fullest. He loved long distance running, nordic ski racing, hiking and bike riding. He rode his bike to work every day.
He became a doctor to promote healthy living through a strong mind, body and spirit connection. His children were his treasures and he felt, his greatest accomplishment.
Matthew also loved animals and rescued many of his pets.
He is preceded in death by his brother David (Mary Schnell) and his parents Dr. Edgar Harrison and Rita (nee Delaney).
He is survived by his wife, Beckett Berning; his three young children, Lucas, Eleanor and Greta; sisters Dianne Wentzel (Brad) and Rebecca Harrison; brothers Brian (Nancy), Mark (Debbie), Brad (Julie); loving nieces and nephews, numerous close friends and loyal dog Oliver.
PRIVATE MEMORIAL SERVICE: will be held In Taos and at a date to be determined in Duluth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Matthew's name to the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer Research Fund or Animal Allies.