Harris Clemes Tribute
Photo: Harris Clemes “hiking in the high country that he loved.”
Harris Clemes, age 91 (1929-2021), passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, peacefully in Portland, Oregon.
Harris was born on September 29, 1929, in Mussoorie, India to the late Stanley and Julia Clemes. He was the third child of four, all preceded him in death.
As a Methodist missionary son, he was raised in India where he attended a boarding school in the jungles and foothills of the Himalayan mountains until the age of 16, when the family moved to the United States. He later served in the army as a counterintelligence officer in France. Harris received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a PhD in psychology from Stanford. He had a successful private practice mostly in the San Francisco bay area. He later started APOD, The Association for Personal and Organizational Development, which focused on using psychotherapy and psychodrama in a gentler approach to personal growth, and helping school systems become more humanistic in the approaches to education.
Harris’s talents were many. He was an accomplished tennis pro. He led his family and friends on multiple backpacking trips across the High Sierra mountains. He was a beloved & caring father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, as well as a beloved and influential person within the Subud spiritual community in Santa Cruz, Portland, and across the world.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maya; two sons, Patrick and Jeff; five grandchildren: Chris, Justina, Kirsten, Katrina, and Ray; six great-great-grandchildren; his nephew from his elder sister, Benedict Herrman; and friends. His oldest son, Roger, passed earlier this year.
His influence in Subud was far-reaching, first as a co-founder of The Human Institute in Palo Alto in the 1960’s (along with Hussein Chung and Reynold Bean), where their ground-breaking work was responsible for opening many people in Subud. He was an active, influential helper for many years in the Santa Cruz Subud group, earning the love and respect of those whose lives he touched.
A celebration of life (memorial) service for the Subud community will be held at some time in the future and will be publicized as details are available