Meadville Tribune

November 14, 2013

Jasper Beth Harris

Meadville Tribune

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jasper Beth Harris was born on May 7, 1989, in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Columbus Academy in 2007 and attended Allegheny College as a Bonner Scholar. In 2008, she was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. She lived a full and vibrant life for five years. Sadly, after a valiant battle, Jasper died on Oct. 9, 2013, in her home in Columbus under the loving care of her mother and grandmother.

As a member of the Bonner Program at Allegheny, Jasper was exposed to a curriculum that juxtaposed higher education with an ethic of service focused on international perspective, civic engagement and spiritual exploration. Her resulting involvement as a service leader on Allegheny’s campus helped develop her interests in diversity, accessibility and sustainable community service. Her community involvement included working at the Crawford County READ program. In addition to her love of reading, Jasper was passionate about singing, dancing, learning new languages and fighting for social justice. She graduated with a strong desire to make a positive difference in the world. In 2012 she put her talents to use working at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. In connection with this work, she published “Race and Censorship in America” in 2013.

She is survived by her parents, Terrance and Felice Harris; sisters, Tasia and Rachel Harris; grandmothers, Louise Blocker and Janette Harris; aunt, Angelique Hernandez; uncle, Duane Harris; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

A memorial service will be held locally on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ford Chapel, Allegheny College. Visit to share your memories of Jasper.