Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Athletic Hall of Fame

Vern Harris - 2006

One of the top student-athletes in school history, Harris was a four-year football letterman where he starred in the Bulldog offensive backfield from 1953-1956. While playing football, Harris was admitted to the school’s prestigious pharmacy school as an incoming freshman. He completed the rigorous course work in just four years and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Even with the combination of football and pharmacy, Harris found time to be active in band, serve as freshman class vice-president, sophomore and junior class president and senior class salutatorian. Upon his 1957 graduation, Harris began a lengthy career as a pharmacist where he spent nearly 40 years as the owner and manager of Harris Pharmacy in Maysville.