Fred Harrison passed away peacefully on August 6, 2023, at his home in Sarasota, Florida. He entered hospice at the beginning of July and was well cared for and loved until the end. We remember Fred as an adventurer and dreamer who lived life to the fullest. He was a devoted family member and friend and had a positive influence on everyone he knew.
His family is planning a Celebration of Life service on October 7, 2023 in Michigan and will communicate via email more details about that event. If you add your name and email address to this website at forevermissed.com, you’ll be included in event detail updates.
Fred was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, to Ward and Martha Harrison on July 9, 1937. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown in 1956, then went on to get a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee followed by a Master’s at the Institute of Paper Chemistry and later an MBA at the University of Chicago. He married Nan Higdon in 1965 and was married to her for 53 years until she passed in 2019.
After graduating from paper chemistry school in 1962, he started working in the paper industry in various management roles. While he was in the paper industry he worked on mechanical inventions as side projects. This led him to pivoting his career toward corrugated packaging in 1980 where he had some ideas of how to make box plants operate more efficiently. He started experimenting with these ideas in the back shop of Arvco Containers in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and deployed his creations in their operations.
Soon, his ideas and ambitions grew beyond the scale of the box plant, and he spun this idea factory into its own business that he named Hycorr Machine. Over 30 years, he developed Hycorr into a successful business that supplied rotary die cutters and flexographic printers to the corrugated box industry.
He and his wife, Nan, were inducted into the AICC/Paperboard Packaging Hall of Fame in 2007 for their work in the industry.
Fred’s love of mechanical things also drove his passions in his personal life. At an early age, he was taking things apart to see how they worked. When he was 13, his father bought him an old car to take apart and Fred instead got it running.
He started racing cars in his early 20s and continued into his late 30s. After that, he always had cars to restore or work on including many BMWs and Porsches. After car racing, Fred took up sailboat racing to feed his competitive spirit.
Throughout his life he was a private pilot. He flew Nan to Bermuda on their honeymoon and decided that a great retirement project would be to build a plane by himself.
We remember Fred as an adventurer and dreamer who lived life to the fullest. He was a devoted family member and friend and had a positive influence on everyone he knew.