North Central College - Naperville, IL

Harris W. Fawell

Class Year: 
1950

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1973

The Honorable Harris Fawell, a Trustee of North Central since 1985, served with distinction in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985-1999, representing the 13th District of Illinois. Fawell received his pre-law education at North Central and his doctor of law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. He practiced law for 30 years, with offices in Naperville, prior to his election to Congress in 1985. In 1995, Fawell was chosen to deliver the Commencement address at the College and was awarded the honorary degree doctor of laws. Upon his retirement, Fawell donated his public papers to North Central, and the College established the Fawell Institute in his honor, an important resource for students of the history and public policy of the Western Suburbs in the 20th Century. The College is also grateful for his service as co-chair of the five-year $50 million Preparing for a New Century Capital Campaign, now successfully completed. In 2003, Fawell was named Life Trustee of North Central.