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Mikel J. Harry Ph.D.
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 28, 1951
  • Place of birth:
    Anderson, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 25, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Chandler, Arizona, United States
Let the memory of Mikel be with us forever he touched so many people in so many ways, his legacy carries on with the many people that learned directly and indirectly from him, and the way that he personally impacted so many.

THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
FOR DR. MIKEL HARRY WAS
SATURDAY MAY 6TH @ ASU Scottsdale Sky Song Innovation Center

Memorial Scholarship Fund in Dr. Harry's Name

Arizona State University Foundation for the

"Dr. Mikel J. Harry Six Sigma Memorial Scholarship"

300 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281-2033

Click on the below link for any Memorial Contributions in Dr. Harry's name and for his established scholarship fund. 

 http://asufoundation.org/drharrysixsigma



Many thanks to all the people that attended the celebration of Life for Dr. Mikel Harry it was fabulous.  We have also successfully recorded the service via Facebook LIVE as well.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mikel Harry Ph.D., 65, born on December 28, 1951 and passed away on April 25, 2017.
We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Güven Manay on 4th July 2017

"Mikel was a contact of me. His Six Sigma gift and his knowledge has improved main areas of our world and will build the basis for the worlds succesful digitization. Many thanks for this!
Guven Manay, MBB"

This tribute was added by Steve Gottry on 13th June 2017

"I had the honor and privilege of knowing Dr. Mikel Harry and his wonderful wife, Sandy. Our time together was far too brief, as was his time on earth. Dr. Mike was so accomplished in so many areas. He was the principle designer of Six Sigma...a system that has revolutionized the world—and will continue to do so. He rode in rodeos, drove race cars, and lived a life of adventure. He had great taste, and entertained with style.

I believe that "Cowboy Mike" is, right now, engaging God in magnificent, deep conversations about creation, math, physics, and all the other things that likely only their great, creative minds can grasp.

The world has lost a creative genius, and I have lost a friend I truly wish I could have known better."

This tribute was added by Jay Watson on 7th June 2017

"Mikel, I followed behind you at Motorola, Honeywell and G.E.!  You changed the world with Six Sigma, Thank you for your contribution !! It will be an honor to continue to follow behind you again ...  to Heaven!  (The one place that doesn't need improvement !!)"

This tribute was added by Aubrey Jones on 6th June 2017

"Mikel was a giant among men.  His shadow is large and it is inspirational to those of us that met and were trained by him.  I was so lucky to meet and learn from him, Sandy and Don.  While he leaves a body of work as his legacy, we also are part of that legacy.  It is our responsibility to live up to it and continue it.  Have a good rest my friend and know I will see you later."

This tribute was added by L M on 31st May 2017

"My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of  Mikel J. Harry Ph.D. The death of a loved one can be very painful and weight heavily on our hearts.Gods holy word the Bible provides comfort for families and friends like you who are deeply saddened by such loss. Although I never met Mr Harry in person ,I would like to share with you some encouraging scriptures about the condition of our dead loved ones. Our creator and Heavenly Father hates death.He view it as an enemy ( 1 Corinthians 15:26 said " God has a yearning to conquer death ,to undo it by means of the resurrection. ( John 5:28,29) " Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out "  When that time comes , no one will have to worry about loosing loved ones again,thus pain sickness,suffering ,grief will be gone ( Revelation 21:3,4). How  thrilled we all will be when gods promise become a reality . May you all continue to hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Mikel close to your hearts and know that very soon you will see him again."

This tribute was added by Andy Howell on 10th May 2017

"What I remember most are Mikel's kindness and generosity. You will be missed but not forgotten, Mikel. Thank you."

This tribute was added by raghavender Macherla on 7th May 2017

"I have been through his training through SSMI, A great teacher.... His passing away is a great loss... I have learned a lot from him.. RIP Mikel"

This tribute was added by Lynn Pearlstein on 7th May 2017

"For someone so brilliant and dedicated, Mikel was as down to earth as they come. I'll always remember the interesting and funntimes we had together."

This tribute was added by Melchor Ganaban on 7th May 2017

"Dr. Mikel J. Harry is a selfless, a brilliant mentor and a great coach. May you rest in peace. You will always be in our hearts & never forgotten. Your life was a blessing and from all generation to come, the power of Six Sigma will be a way of life. RIP Sir Mikel. God's Love & Prayer, Mel Ganaban (Singapore)"

This tribute was added by JEAN-LOUIS PEREE on 6th May 2017

"Without doubt, Mikel J.Harry was the mentor the destiny placed in my way when BOMBARDIER enrolled me in this incredible endeavor of SIX SIGMA. All the activities I had the pleasure to contribute to since this time were influenced by him and his Team. My sincere and honest thoughts to him who is looking at all of us from  where he is now.  Jean-Louis (Switzerland)"

This tribute was added by Dumi Aro on 5th May 2017

"Since the day Doc left us, it has been days that I’ve tried to pen down few words to describe what he meant to my life, but every time it just takes me down a very emotional path. I just feel the same pain & sadness as much as I feel the days my father passed. Words are not enough to describe the impact he had in my life and many others like me that he inspired in this world.  There was so much the world could have gained from his mind & wisdom.  The work ethic and the amount of passion he had in is  life dazzles me every time. It’s his passion that helped him to achieve so much. He had seen all corners of life. Corners most of us even dare to be in.   Its 13 years ago I read one of Doc’s first titles on Six Sigma, which changed the direction of my career and lead to become who I am today. I’m so glad I met him in this life, It’s something I will cherish till the day till I pass.  
I still remember every word he told me when I met him in March and it just makes my heart so heavy. I’m so glad I could remind him how much we love him and we owe him. Oh, he was making us laugh that day. Well yes he is the Alpha male and he will always be Doc.  One and only Doc!
He has mentioned so many times that he sees so much of him in me, but the truth is no one on earth will ever be able to even come close to the legacy of Dr Mikel J Harry. But one thing for sure, I will always be his biggest fan period, and I know most will agree with that statement. Guess our best tribute to you  is to preserve your  work and pass on to many generations to come. We all are on it Doc.. will not give up on you.. never did and never will!
Till we meet again … love you and miss you! – Dumi, Aro & Jr."

This tribute was added by Matthew Hu on 5th May 2017

""I had the honor to meet Dr. Harry in his house in around 2002.  He was open and humor and .... I was also impressed by his inner force, really amazing. Now, thinking to those days, I’m very lucky and moved … Thank you Mikel and God bless you.   Dr Harry left an incredible legacy and I am honored to have met him and learn from him.""

This tribute was added by Carolyn Killian on 5th May 2017

"My family and I moved to IN when I was 11, and it wasn't easy on a kid, especially after already moving a few times, but within a year we had awesome new neighbors, Mike & Colleen, and they were so great! :) My brother's and I really dug them, they were so nice and cool to us kids, and well, it always felt like home next door in Anderson~ And then along came a beautiful tiny and gorgeous little sweetheart, Sabrena!! :) We all just loved her from the very first day she arrived, such a beautiful little sweetheart, and I truly loved babysitting her many weekends, such very sweet memories! Mikel, Thank you for being such an awesome lifelong amigo to my Dad and to our entire family, you rock so much, and I have always been in awe of you, Marine!! My big bro got to hear your stories on Vietnam, and I always envied that, but you knew what you were doing, such a genius! I was so happy when Dad told us you were moving to AZ, and then you met a lovely woman and fell in love, we were all so very happy for you, Mikel! :) Sandy, you are such an inspiration too!! I am so happy Mikel and you met, what a beautiful love story~ I love you, you've been in my thoughts and prayers since Dad told me. Please know I so wish I could be there with you all tomorrow to help celebrate a true Hero and Genius, Mikel Harry~ Rest in Peace, sweet friend~"

This tribute was added by Rajan Kanwar on 5th May 2017

"RIP Dr. Mikel Harry. Your immense knowledge, passion, perseverance, and enthusiasm for operational effectiveness leveraging Six Sigma methodology you co-developed will continue perpetually. You will always be highly regarded and respected, and will be in our hearts forever, especially in the hearts of business leaders you cultivated relationships with, and students, like myself, you transferred (some of) your knowledge to and facilitated development of such individuals. Until next time..."

This tribute was added by Rod Morgan on 5th May 2017

"I am so very sorry to hear of Dr. Harry's passing.

I enjoyed many discussions with Mikel at the fountain, in between his "heady" Six Sigma MBB classroom sessions, at the Scottsdale training center (ah, location, location, location).

Although I had trouble digging the Six Sigma stats stuff, he turned me onto Chaos Theory, Fractals, Complexity and Quantum Mechanics and a ton of other things that I had trouble understanding.  After many years of reading until my eyes bled, watching documentaries, etc. on the topics, I am happy to say that I STILL don't understand them... but I'll keep trying.

I do know more about Six Sigma than I did then, and I value the time Dr. Harry shared with me (and so many others), patiently waiting for us to "get it".  Well... maybe not so patiently as those who truly know him can surmise.  His bark, however, was always worse than your bite.

Dr. Harry... You were right.... If a cow was waiting in the field for me/us to finally figure it out, the cow would have already been dead.  The good news is that another cow always comes along.

Thank you.  You stomped the terra and will be remembered."

This tribute was added by Nansi Epolito on 5th May 2017

"Big Mike, as we called him. Is an inspiration to us. My husband Jay( Marine) to this day looked up to him, as do I. He was & still is a great mentor. The last great memory we have is when we were celebrating Mike & Sandy's wedding on the roof top singing "I Am Proud to Be An American". Mike, an incredible man that has touched many hearts you will always be missed but you will continue to inspire others. RIP Devil Dog"

This tribute was added by H Dea on 5th May 2017

"Sorry to hear, RIP, and condolences to family. Maybe he was needed to resolve a SIx Sigma Blackbelt Project in Heaven.

Gone, but not forgotten...."

This tribute was added by Bill/Linda Killian on 4th May 2017

"The Killian family from Anderson, IN is deeply moved by all the tributes shared about our neighbor/friend, Mikel J. Harry. We all met Mikel in 1978 as a next door neighbor. Mikel and his family were perfect neighbors and friends. We stayed in contact, and I had the privilege of presiding at the wedding of Mikel & Sandy. Our three children dearly loved this good man. I will miss him very much. Rev. Bill Killian."

This tribute was added by Greg Eckerman on 4th May 2017

"It has been my honor and privilege to know and work with Mikel.   He has been my friend, colleague, mentor, and gadfly.  I owe him for the adventure Six Sigma created in my career and all the great people it has enabled me to meet and work with.

Mikel lived large . . . and well. He had one of the greatest hearts I’ve ever encountered.  He was the face of Six Sigma, his personality was stamped on it.  Many of us have emulated his spirit, none have equaled it.

Bon voyage, Mikel!"

This tribute was added by John Krupar on 3rd May 2017

"Even though advertisers tell me every day that a particular product or service will be life altering, I can say with certainty that only four experiences have reached that level:
     1. Graduating from West Point
     2. Marrying Alissa
     3. Having a son – Ian
     4. My introduction to Mikel Harry and Six Sigma at GE and subsequently working at the Six Sigma Academy

The benefits of learning and experiencing Six Sigma go far beyond uncovering EBITDA – Enhancing techniques, Mikel created an amazing opportunity that I cherish.

I worked at fabulous client companies (DuPont, Schlumberger, Merrill Lynch, Citizens Bank, Ford, Textron, Tyco and so many more) many of my clients have become great friends to this day.  

Between the clients and my colleagues, I’ve had the pleasure of working with intelligent, inquisitive people who spend their days encouraging others to drive positive change – truly life altering.

Thank you Mikel and Godspeed"

This tribute was added by Santosh Bhosale on 2nd May 2017

"Hus Contribution to Quality was immense and he will be missed a lot and its my personal loss as well..lost a quality guru who changed my life.."

This tribute was added by Bruce Miyashita on 1st May 2017

"I first encountered Mikel in early 1997. I had been appointed to lead the Six Sigma effort at Bombardier, an aerospace and transportation company based in Montreal. In fact I joined Bombardier a few weeks earlier specifically for that role and the opportunity to work with and learn from Mikel. I spent many months in Scottsdale as we ran dozens and dozens of our Black Belts and executives through sessions he led. He was one of the most articulate and charismatic business people I have ever met. He could, if required, summon advanced mathematical and engineering concepts from his vast memory, but he was equally adept at converting the most complex things into simple but powerful concepts, phrases and images. I especially remember chatting with him during the breaks when we'd stand around and "philosophize," as he put it, about all sorts of the things. Sometimes before the sessions we'd meet for breakfast at a little place beside the gas station at Pinnacle Peak and Pima Road. We would talk about business sometimes, but mainly about life and goals. As I became a mentor to others over the years, I would always have in my head Mikel's voice about goals and how to navigate through a career and would share with people stories about what "Mikel had said" about something. I wish to pass to his loved ones my deepest condolences on your loss. I hope my note will convey another example of the impact he left on so many people. I treasure my time with him and look back on the days spent in his company as among the best days of my professional life. Thank-you Mikel and I wish you peace."

This tribute was added by Mike Tincher on 29th April 2017

"Mikel & I grew up together in a small town in Henry County, Middletown. The two of us played baseball from about the second grade, Little League through Babe Ruth. We were fortunate enough to be in several classes from the first grade through High School. In 1964 Both Mikel & I made the All Star Team. That team went on to beat larger city teams & finally in Gary, Indiana placed third in the state. All of us on that team to this day have a bond. By the way, I still to this day have a scar on my ankle from where Mikel sliding into first base in Babe Ruth spiked me. Mikel was a real charger in baseball.
While in college at Ball State University Mikel & I shared numerous memories growing up in Middletown. I am truly saddened to hear of the passing of a true friend.
Michael E Tincher
Anderson, Indiana
m_tincher26@comcast.net"

This tribute was added by Christos Tzelepis on 29th April 2017

"Dr. Mikel Harry was one of the best minds in Six Sigma and Quality. So many conversations for Six Sigma. He will miss me. God Bless Him."

This tribute was added by Raj Mohan on 29th April 2017

"The great soul which inspired billions of process excellence professional, had to take rest for making the learners to become great achievers contributing to the whole world in propagating the knowledge imparted by Dr.Mikel. Great soul rest peace."

This tribute was added by Justin Whelan on 28th April 2017

"Throughout my limited training, I have been approached many times regarding Six Sigma and Dr. Harry's teachings and insight by members of my submarine crew, the USS West Virginia (SSBN-736.) Although I have only scratched the surface of the genius that Dr. Harry was, this small piece was enough to spur the interest of many of my shipmates. His videos through MindProWeb excite and motivate my shipmates to join and learn from his work in Lean Six Sigma.
I and selected members of the USS West Virginia are thankful for all that Dr. Harry has given to the Quality Assurance and process improvement world, and his lessons have personally improved my life and my outlook of the corporate landscape once I leave the US Navy. Thank you for the Wings for Heroes program and making available the priceless gift of knowledge and training.

I give my condolences to you in your loss.

Montani Semper Liberi
Semper Fortis
Semper Fidelis"

This tribute was added by Steve Bailey on 28th April 2017

"RIP, Mikel ... you were a visionary, one-of-a-kind thought leader that I was fortunate to know for over 19 years in connection with DuPont's six sigma deployment."

This tribute was added by Paul Borawski on 28th April 2017

"Mikel, was a remarkable man.  A visionary, gifted in the ability to make the complex reachable, a man of strong convictions, and a very generous man.  He made differences large and small.  The world is a better place because of Mikel's gifts.  God bless and welcome Mikel home!"

This tribute was added by Dave Harry on 27th April 2017

"Mikel was a true visionary, a gifted mentor, a true patriot, devoted veteran, and an extraordinary business leader.  All veterans and especially those of us with a "belt" title (or who employ "belts") owe so much to Dr. Harry.  What a fine gentleman. R.I.P. my brother!"

This tribute was added by Geoff Sander on 27th April 2017

"I am very saddened by this news.
Here was a very generous man; The father of Lean Six Sigma America, well versed in all aspects of Six Sigma and aroused my curiosity so much that after joining his group Christmas 2014, I would sit up while my wife was asleep and join in on the discussions. Very sadly missed. An excellent connection cut short so soon :("

This tribute was added by David Hampton on 27th April 2017

"Thank you Mikel for all the lives and business you have improved, all over the world"

This tribute was added by richard schroeder on 27th April 2017

"I have so many memories and stories in regards to Mikel. There are so many of these stories (which Mike loved) over the thousands of days we worked together that there isnt enough space here to give them justice.Everyone talks about the six sigma aspect- but going back to our initial meeting at Motorola in 1984 and using his analytical tools to to write the Motorola Baldrige applcation, working for me at ABB and removing the risk factors for building a nuclear power plant, working for me at Allied Signal implementing the largest  successful six sigma deployment in history, introducing him to Jack at GE, both of us developing the Six Sigma Academy, writing the first book on Six Sigma, the numerous rodeo roping events and road trips we had together, the trail blazing in the woods of Payson, Az. on our horses and our mutual love of cars, ONE THING was the most evident in Mike at all times- his PASSION. Everything he did he did with 1000 percent passion and total belief. The passion Mikel had is the one aspect I will remember forever. God speed Mikel."

This tribute was added by Keith Meyer on 27th April 2017

"My prayers and thoughts are with Sandy and all the family. Mikel loved his family. Enjoyed business and innovation. Enjoyed helping all those around him to be the very best they could be. A great man of vision and action! He will be missed greatly."

This tribute was added by Slawomir Switek on 27th April 2017

"Mikel - thanks for your comments regarding my Linkedin notes concerning TQM and Six Sigma. RIP."

This tribute was added by Ellen Saravis on 27th April 2017

"People come into your life, for reasons...seasons...and lifetimes. I did not get to experience nearly as much time with him, as I would have liked...and now it will be in the ethers.  Mikel is, and always will be...a highley intuitive man.  Someone who shares truth from his heart & always supports his friends in the quest of their greatest good.  I loved our talks, we had so much fun sharing ideas...and it was always very exciting to be in that creative vortex with him...I always came away with priceless nuggets of possibilities!  I won't get to write with him again...but, who knows...the way he rolls, he will find a away!  Channel away Mikel...I will always be listening!  With love, your friend Ellen"

This tribute was added by Ken Feldman on 27th April 2017

"A lot of us owe our careers to Mikel's efforts in creating the Six Sigma industry.  Thank you for the legacy and definitely his skills will be needed to improve the processes where ever he is."

This tribute was added by Dave Guggisberg on 27th April 2017

"Mike was a joy to be with. I really enjoyed his openness and willingness to discuss any topic. His insights for the program we put together was always exceptional. I fondly remember the many times we sat on his back porch just talking about all kinds of things from the trivial to the complex. And Sandy was always a great help in those meetings. I will really miss those times but remember them fondly. Sad to see him move on, but I'm sure he will make the most of where he is just as he did here."

This tribute was added by Todd Eggers on 27th April 2017

"Dr. Harry and his Team changed my life for the better, forever, beyond my humble words. Thank you, Dr. Harry, for making the world a better place for all of us. RIP. Semper Fidelis, our leader and our friend."

This tribute was added by Praveen Gupta on 27th April 2017

"Mikel's contributions will continue in his absence. His legacy will live forever. Pray for strength to his family to bear his loss, and peace to his soul in heavenly abode."

This tribute was added by Vince Queen on 27th April 2017

"I had the honor of attending one of Dr. Harry's most recent EMBB sessions. He was a brilliant man and I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet him. My condolences to Sandy and family."

This tribute was added by Walter Miller on 27th April 2017

"Doc Harry and I would schedule a call every few months just to touch base (professionally/personally). I remember from class that Doc liked my unique socks and so I got a pair and he was excited about starting something new. He continued to share his new sock stories...lol. I will miss the conversations with him. Even though I gained a lot of knowledge and wisdom from him, that was just a scratch of the surface. Rest in Love Doc."

This tribute was added by Jonathon Andell on 27th April 2017

"Mike had the admirable ability to express complex ideas simply and clearly. It enabled him to function effectively on the shop floor and in the C-suite. He genuinely liked people, and his passion was unmistakable. He opened doors for quality professionals world wide, even beyond the organizations with which he worked. He'll be missed."

This tribute was added by Mike Richman on 26th April 2017

"Very sad to hear of Mikel's passing. We only met twice, the last time more than five years ago, but his enthusiasm, expertise, and bigger-than-life personality have always stayed with me. Another great leader of the quality world gone too soon. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Phong Vu on 26th April 2017

"So many have written about his amazing accomplishments.  And I ditto all.  I want to share something more personal.  I have known Mikel as a Marine buddy, colleague, and business partner for 18 years.  We traveled to many places together to teach, to start new client services, and to simply have fun like two kids.  We rode motorcycle together, we cooked at his house, he taught me to ride his horses. I am so lucky to see this personal part of him.  Mikel, you earned your right to report to the best duty station of all.... Heaven.   Semper Fi.  Phong"

This tribute was added by Jason Bickford on 26th April 2017

"Mikel lit a flame that will forever burn! I loved how he treated everyone with compassion, respect, and left them with empowerment."

This tribute was added by richard morrow on 26th April 2017

"We were standing at one of those standup tables networking after a long day at a Six Sigma conference. An energetic Six Sigma attendee was sharing her excitement after her first ever conference. Mikel and Sandy walked up just about then and she asked Mikel if he had experience in Six Sigma having no idea who he was. Mikel and I chuckled a bit and he genuinely humbly said, "Well, I guess I know a little about it. Tell me what you know."
Sandy, so sorry for your loss and ours of a great transformer and all the time he shared freely telling his great adventure."

This tribute was added by don linsenmann on 26th April 2017

"I was saddened today to learn of Mikel's passing.
We met in 1998 when DuPont started its Six Sigma  journey and he
was my mentor. We co-authored the Six SIgma Fieldbook
and built a friendship during the process

The irony is that today I was presenting the challenges
of leading  a SIx Sigma transformation to several Air Force
Generals.. the legacy lives on !
Thank you Mikel for teaching us all and energizing us to
continue your life's work

RIP
Don"

This tribute was added by Hermann Plank on 26th April 2017

"Dear Mikel, it has been a true privilege to have met you, work with you on MindPro and start to explore new opportunities last year. You have been a great mentor and true friend - Debbie and i will miss you, but know you are at a better place now. Our sincere condolences go to Sandy and your family."

This tribute was added by Kevin Kane on 26th April 2017

"This is indeed sad.  We lost one of the greatest minds I had the pleasure of knowing.  2 weeks of personal training with him was so enlightening  and informative, I still quote him to this day.  The business world will always remember him and his work will forever shape the way business is conducted.  May he rest in peace and his family get through this hard time.  - Kevin Kane"

This tribute was added by Girish Trehan on 26th April 2017

"Dr. Mikel's pioneering work in realms of Lean Six Sigma is a living doctrine which will inspire generations to think outside the box to increase customer delight and improve the bottom line."

This tribute was added by Dario Colombo on 26th April 2017

"I had the honor to meet Doc Harry last February during EMBB training course; I was also impressed by his inner force despite his physical weakness, really amazing. Now, thinking to those days, I’m very moved … Thank you dear Doc Harry and God bless you. My condolences to Sandy and family"

This tribute was added by Kamal Sehgal on 26th April 2017

"Dr Harry demise is a great loss to millions of six sigma enthusiast across the world. I feel fortunate to meet him & attend his last EMBB program, first from India. It has been an honor to be tutored directly by him, really great learning & amazing experience. His legacy of six sigma way of conducting business has given a new language to the business leaders to drive a culture of excellence & enhance velocity of value creation. This ever revealing world of six-sigma has enriched my life. You might be physically dead but your ideas & strong legacy of six-sigma will always keep you alive in our minds & millions of six sigma enthusiasts across the world. May God give Sandy & your family strength to deal with this loss. Rest in Peace!"

This tribute was added by Angela Long on 26th April 2017

"I met Mike a few years back and he was truly an exceptional person who left a profound impression on me.  I cannot begin to say how inspirational it was to listen to his stories.  A true hero and advocate for those things he held dear to his heart (American values, Military, Community, Process Improvement Community, and he loved the Lord!  What an inspiration!.   A true inspiration and he will be sorely missed! R.I.P. Mike!"

This tribute was added by Emily Stenta on 26th April 2017

"My condolences to Sandy and family.   Dr Harry left an incredible legacy and I am honored to have met him and learn from him."

This tribute was added by Edward Popovich on 26th April 2017

"Having met Mikel and Bill Smith while working at Motorola Paging in the late 1980s I was intrigued that both had passion to make a positive difference both inside and outside of Motorola.  Together they gave birth to Six Sigma.  

Mikel seemed to be larger than life.  He was well connected with leaders in industry yet he took time for so many of us in various settings. Meals with him were full of stories that were entertaining and enlightening.  Each get together provided an opportunity to learn more about Six Sigma and life in general.  

He will certainly be missed.  God speed to Mikel Harry!"

This tribute was added by Fabrizio Majorana on 26th April 2017

""On the first day of work my boss told me, read this book, learn by heart, this will be your first activity for your first week of work". It was book.So I started my career, laying my feet on your footprints.After I did not stop and as I said at that dinner in Las Vegas where I asked the microphone: "This man has created me." I have always followed you, for 24 years, I met you late unfortunately. For at least 15 years I dreamed of meeting you at some conference and when I signed up from Italy I did it because in my heart I was hoping to meet you. So it was, and one day in Orlando you went to the sponsor's salon and I reached you following you. I started with you and will always be faithful to you, all my life and career. Mikel I’m there at your sidea, right next to you. My hug is strong and endless.
Your "character" boy."

This tribute was added by Fabrizio Majorana on 26th April 2017

""On the first day of work my boss told me, read this book, learn by heart, this will be your first activity for your first week of work". It was book.So I started my career, laying my feet on your footprints.After I did not stop and as I said at that dinner in Las Vegas where I asked the microphone: "This man has created me." I have always followed you, for 24 years, I met you late unfortunately. For at least 15 years I dreamed of meeting you at some conference and when I signed up from Italy I did it because in my heart I was hoping to meet you. So it was, and one day in Orlando you went to the sponsor's salon and I reached you following you. I started with you and will always be faithful to you, all my life and career. Mikel I’m there at your sidea, right next to you. My hug is strong and endless.
Your "character" boy."

This tribute was added by Tim Fowler on 26th April 2017

"Dr. “Doc” Mikel Harry was a great mentor! My condolences to Sandy and the family. I so enjoyed his zest for life and the sincere love he had for all his students. The Executive Master Black Belt course was as much about life as it was math. He taught me that life has order and answers are within our grasp. We will miss him and those difficult “stump” questions he would challenge us with. His legacy will live on in those he taught. Philippians 1:3. Now he’ll be bringing those same stump questions to the angels…"

This tribute was added by Virginia Moszkowicz on 26th April 2017

"Dr. Mikel Harry brought a passion and wonder to how to use statistics to solve the big problems.  He made it exciting.  His crusade to develop Six Sigma black belts as the change agents to more broadly use the Six Sigma methodology has had a lasting impact on US industry."

This tribute was added by Carlo Bonato on 26th April 2017

"Dear Mikel,
I just met you last year and I immediately understand to have met a Man who lived to realize his own Dream: the week passed too fast and remained in me the willing to know you better, to know moree deeply a great man who has a lot to teach me.
I am sure you are in a better world now, and I imagine you laughing about my daily difficulties to apply your teachings!
Thanks a lot for you teachings and for sharing your soul and experience with me.
I send a big hug to Sandy, and to all who loved you in this life!
Thanks for all Mikel, I will always remember you!"

This tribute was added by Robert Lloyd on 25th April 2017

"Mikel's contributions to the world of quality are a testament to his life. I will fondly remember his training, as well as working with him on Design for Six Sigma, applying it on our credit card format pagers for NTT. Mikel, you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Paul Sandell on 25th April 2017

"I am now and will be forever indebted to Mikel, and this wonderful Six Sigma world that he created, and which has been my career for over 22 years. Having the pleasure to work directly with Mikel, and learn from him was a rare honor and privilege that I will never forget. Thank you Mikel....we will work to carry your legacy forward."

This tribute was added by Harley Hess on 25th April 2017

"Mikel and I really got close over the past 3 years, I however was by his side for a lifetime through Motorola years..then I only knew him as the 6 Sigma authority and a Principal Staff Engineer at GSG that would soon change the world, and mine! He was my Hero! Everything he stood for, music, America, Intelligence Community, Military, Process Improvement, love of Jesus and Family,  etc... we were in stride.  Every trip I made to Phoenix we would catch up at a cozy Italian restaurant in Chandler and tell stories about his life and family....I will miss him so much, what an absolute mentor and inspiration he was to me. Semper Fidelis Mikel, I will always admire and love you! I can't wait to see your Odyssey!"

This tribute was added by Forrest Breyfogle on 25th April 2017

"Met and worked with Mikel in the late 1990s. We have not always agreed; however, his positive influence on me and others has been everlasting!  Thank you, Mikel!"

This tribute was added by Manny Barriger on 25th April 2017

"Mikel had a special magic about him that was contagious.  

In 2012 he called me on the phone and asked that I do a presentation for him at an ASQ meeting for Wounded Warriors.  From that point on we worked very closely together.  He was imminent teacher that set goals and targets to be achieved – then conquered.  In 2013 I received a text message from Mikel, his excitement was abound – he couldn’t wait to speak with me about the issue.  At night when I got home from my client site, he asked me “Are you sitting down?”  So I sat down and the call went on – in a nutshell “I want you to start a company called Rent-A-Blackbelt ® I have been thinking about this for thirty years and the time is now. After that take notes, this is what you need to do next.”  
His list was mighty, I got up to the part of writing a book and am now just publishing it.  

There is still plenty of work to do on that list he gave me, and I will miss very much not being able to call him and say, “We can mark that item off Mikel”.
  
Rest in Peace Dr. Mikel Harry, see you on the other side."

This tribute was added by Melissa Fried on 25th April 2017

"While we didn't always see eye to eye, you always had my best interest at heart. I may not have seen it at the time, but I see everything you did was always out of love. I will miss so many things about you. I will miss you biting on your mustache when you were thinking. I will miss our chats on the patio. I will miss our Walmart adventures where you obliviously Drive your cart around and almost run people over. I will miss you coming over for dinner. I will miss when you enthusiastically say, "There's my little girlfriends!" Every time you see the girls. I will Miss your sweet voicemails where you tell me how proud you are of me and my family. I will mis your sincere hugs and cheek kisses. And I will miss how you wave goodbye, tell me you love me, and tell me to drive safe.

Now it's my turn, Daddy. It's my turn to tell you how proud I am of you. I am baffled at how hard you worked to make a small town boy from Middleton, IN become the world's leader in quality control when nobody else believed you could do it. I admire all your accomplishments. I am so thankful to you for the opportunities that you have given to my family. But above all, I am humbled by how much love you showed our family over the past year. While it's my turn to say goodbye, I know it won't be for forever and I will be happy when I get to feel fuzzy mustache cheek kisses and long talks on Heaven's patio.

Daddy, I will continue to make you proud. I won't settle and I will be the beacon of light in a dark world like you said I am. I will shed tears, but be thankful that I know you are watching over me. I will live by your words, "Everyday is holiday and every meal is a banquet -- Every man and woman like a king and Queen -- in the land of milk and honey -- Where the sun never sets me the moon always shines -- it's just another opportunity to discover new ways to better serve my fellow man and make tomorrow's day even better."

Rest In Peace, Daddy! I love you so much"

This tribute was added by Thomas Pyzdek on 25th April 2017

"Mikel was a colleague of mine for many years. He brought excitement to a technical field that will be much less fun without his dynamism and personality. I'll miss you, dude! Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Doug Mader on 25th April 2017

"Mikel was an exceptional individual who touched many lives, directly and indirectly.  Having known him for over 30 years, I cannot even describe how much I have learned from the man.  RIP Mikel."


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