Paul Harrison

Wake County Medical Society

About Paul

Paul served as the Executive Director of the Wake County Medical Society and the Wake County Medical Society Community Health Foundation (2000-2011). The mission of the Community Health Foundation is to develop a medical care safety net for indigent and underserved residents of Wake County.

Paul served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Micronesia) and then on the PC Washington staff (1966-1972) before moving to Chapel Hill to earn a master’s degree in public health. Since graduation, Paul has worked for the NC Office of Rural Health Services, served as assistant dean of Trinity College, Duke University for natural science and pre-med students, and worked as a director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina with responsibility for professional provider contracts.

Paul’s community service activity includes: Urban Ministries of Wake County, member of the  Board of Trustees; Open Door Clinic, volunteer patient intake worker; Dispute Settlement Center of Durham, volunteer mediator; Judea Reform Congregation, religious life committee chairperson; Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, handicapped swim instructor; and Durham Ronald McDonald House, volunteer innkeeper.

Paul has been married to Cora G. Harrison since March 8, 1970. They have two daughters: Julia and Becca. Becca is a social worker in New York City; and Julia survives in our memories. The Julia Ann Harrison Memorial Fund, at the Triangle Community Foundation, was established in her memory in 2001.