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Wayne M. Harris

Founding Partner(1925-2005)


Wayne was born in East Rochester to George H. & Constance M. Harris. He was a member of the East Rochester High School Football Team, who were Monroe County Champions in 1943. He lettered in Track and enjoyed playing trumpet in the school band.

In 1944 he graduated from East Rochester High School a year early in order to enlist in the U.S. Army for WW II. Wayne proudly served his country as a member of the 157th Regiment Infantry, 45th Division in the European Theatre, G Company, liberators of Munich and Dachau. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star.

A graduate of the University of Rochester (1948) and the Albany Law School (1951), Wayne was an accomplished Trial Lawyer, and Senior Partner of Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch, LLP. He was a member of The Federal, State and Local Bar Associations. His legal career could best be characterized by his fierce adversarial and tenacious spirit.

He was a gentleman and a man of his word with a generous spirit, who always put others first and fought for what was right. A man of determination, he lived his life by the credo: “there is no such word as Can’t.” His awards and accomplishments are too numerous to mention, and include NYS Conservation Council, Inc., Volunteer Conservationist of the year 2000, Who’s Who in American Law (1979-present).
Wayne was an environmentalist before it was fashionable. Founder and President of Delta Laboratories, Inc. It was through Wayne’s leadership that the Air and Water Quality standards of NYS were upgraded from “D” to “B” Classification in the 1960s. He initiated changes in laws to protect the public health and the environment through studies that helped set the standards for Nuclear Energy, use of lead in food packaging and many other environmental issues.

It was Wayne’s firm belief that everyone had the responsibility to make the world a better place. His life reflected this belief. As he wrote to his children “Let Me remind you that I will be with you always; may you raise strong, unafraid children who will look into the future; may you inspire them by your actions to benefit our Country and the World.”