When Dr. Mann’s vehicle was flooded during a hurricane, Dr. Harmon used his truck to pull the car from the floodwaters. Then, he let Dr. Mann borrow his truck for a week until he could get a new car.
“That’s just the person he is,” Dr. Mann says. “He has a strong moral compass. He always wants to do the right thing, and you can see that. He’s pretty amazing.”
Dr. Harmon’s caring heart is one of the attributes that made his wife, Linda, fall in love with him while she was in high school. Last month, the couple celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. They have three kids and eight grandchildren, whose artwork made with crayons and magic markers is proudly displayed on Dr. Harmon’s desk. He affectionately refers to Linda as his “enabler-in-chief,” as she’s sacrificed to allow him to miss meals, proms and other milestone family events to treat patients, serve the community and donate time to so many local, state and national organizations.
He’s been active in the AMA for more than three decades, serving in a variety of roles. Early in his career, he served as a delegate to the AMA Young Physicians Section in 1988. In 2017-2018, he served as chairman of the AMA board of trustees.
Years ago, Dr. Nguyen accepted Dr. Harmon’s invitation to join him at the AMA’s annual convention in Chicago, and it gave the young physician a glimpse at the respect and influence Dr. Harmon has on a national level.
“It was like walking around with a celebrity,” Dr. Nguyen says.