Wilmer Harms to lead LRP session on Habitat housing projects

Wilmer Harms, North Newton, will present “Building Habitat Houses for Humanity,” Monday, March 6, at the 60+ Learning in Retirement Program.

Harms, who has helped build seven Habitat homes, will show slides to help the audience vicariously participate in his adventures.

The session will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus.

Harms, a native of Hillsboro, attended Tabor College for three years before transferring to Kansas University, where he graduated in 1952. In 1956, he earned a medical degree from the KU School of Medicine, Kansas City.

After 11 years of practicing family medicine, Harms decided to specialize in ophthalmology. He studied at the Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins Eye Institute, and completed a three-year residency in Oklahoma City in preparation to serve more than 20 years decades at Hertzler Clinic in Halstead.

Harms’s connection to Tabor has continued throughout his life. He served on the board of directors for 16 years and now serves as chair of the board of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, located in the Tabor library. He has held this position since 1978.

In October 2001, the Tabor College Alumni Association bestowed upon him its highest honor, the Alumni Merit Award.

In retirement, Harms has served on various committees and researches and interprets Polish-Russian Mennonite history. He has made 11 trips to the former Soviet Union. During the last eight of these, he served as historian and resource leader for the Mennonite Heritage Cruises to Ukraine.

Harms has been married to Esther Ediger Harms more than 50 years. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.

Together, they have enjoyed working together on projects for Habitat for Humanity. On two of these projects, Harms has served as the leader of volunteers and assistant construction supervisor.

Older adults are invited to attend. Enrollment is $15 per person a semester, $28 per couple or $4 a session. In an effort to encourage participation, first-time visitors will be admitted without charge.

Registration and discount lunch cards will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 947-5964.

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