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Dr. Katherine  Harris

Dr. Katherine Harris

May 17, 1959 - April 12, 2020

Dr. Katherine S. Harris <br /> <br /> Loving daughter of Grace S. Carroll of Wallingford and Peter M. Siladi of Portland, Maine, mother of Stephanie Biggs and grandmother to Brooklynn Biggs and Kaden Mitchell-Biggs. Sister to Mark Siladi of Papakura, Franklin New Zealand. Sibling to a blended family that included brothers and sisters: Morgan Carroll of Bridgeport, CT, Meredith Sweeney of Ruston, VA, Mary Carroll-Esposito of Virginia Beach, VA, Darrell Carroll of Brooklyn, OH, Steven Carroll of Winchester, VA, Robin Varon of Bradenton, FL and Warren Carroll of Fort. Collins, CO. From Milford originally, Kathy enjoyed her earliest years with her extended family reaching from Stamford to Norwalk to Massachusetts, full of cousins, aunts and uncles. <br /> <br /> Strongly academic, after graduating from Milford High School in 1977, Kathy found her calling early on in Physical Therapy and was graduated from Russell Sage College with a BA in PT. This was followed by her Masters and PhD both achieved while she was working and raising her daughter Stephanie. <br /> <br /> Kathy leaves a multifaceted legacy of clinical care, academic excellence as well as advocacy for her profession at both the state and national level. <br /> <br /> Kathy began her professional career at Yale New Haven Hospital as a staff Physical Therapist and moving into Trauma and Acute Care where her career continued to 2003.Kathy joined Quinnipiac University community in 2003 as assistant professor of physical therapy and was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in 2010. As a leader, she was Chair of the Faculty Senate from 2010 to 2013 and most recently served as Chair and Program Director of the Physical Therapy Department. <br /> <br /> Kathy was active and well-respected for her leadership and service in the physical therapy community. She was a long-standing member and leader of the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association and was serving as the state's Chief Delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association. She took great pride in promoting excellence within her profession and was a mentor and life-coach to many students and PT's within the community. <br /> <br /> In her personal life, Kathy juggled her career with raising her daughter Stephanie and became a doting grandmother to Brooklynn and Kaden in recent years. Her grandchildren called her Bella because in her words she was to young and hip to be called grandma. She was dedicated to her parents, continuing to bake her father his favorite chocolate chip cookies regularly. Recently she had made room in her new home for her Mom, daughter and grandkids unselfishly creating a commune of care for her immediate family. Sunday family dinners with the grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles was part of her early upbringing and teenage years on Pond Street will never be forgotten. <br /> <br /> To her many friends, she was strong, smart and occasionally sassy. She left an impression on all who met her. She had a zest for travel, creating more friends along the way on many business and personal trips around the country and the world. She loved great food and wine and her home was a base for entertaining, laughter and happiness. She enjoyed a good boutique bourbon or glass of pinot noir and even the occasional Texas line dance. She was at heart a Connecticut girl, loving Pepe's Pizza, oysters and a good lobster roll. <br /> <br /> For Kathy, family was everything. And for her, family was not defined by bloodlines. Her "family" included friends, students, faculty and colleagues alike. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her. <br /> <br /> The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Connecticut Special Olympics, for whom she volunteered routinely.

Services by
Sisk Brothers Funeral Home

3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden

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    Katherine would have been the granddaughter of my father’s sister, Wanda Salata. I am sorry for the loss of a beautiful and accomplished woman in the prime of her life. Be comforted by the years Kathy was with us and praise God for the gift of her life. It is now the role of family and loved ones to carry her life and legacy forward to elevate the lives of others, which I know would be her wish.
    Roy Cornell Gutfinski Apr 24, 2020
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    Michael Silverman Apr 24, 2020