Leonard Coleman Harbor, dermatologist, served as chair of the Department of Dermatology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University from 1973 to June 1989.
Born on June 22, 1927 in New York City, he grew up in Long Beach, New York. Harber attended boarding school at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia (1942-1944) and received an AB degree from Johns Hopkins University (1949). He served in the U.S. Coast Guard (June 20, 1945-June 4, 1946) before attending New York University’s School of Medicine from which he received the MD (1953) and MS (1956, 1959) degrees. He served his internship (1953-1954) at Bellevue Hospital and joined the faculty at the NYU School of Medicine (1958-1973). Harber was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Finsen Institute in Copenhagen (1956-1957).
Harber was first appointed at Columbia University in 1973 as Professor of Dermatology and served as Chairman of the Department until June 1989 and concurrently served as Director of Dermatology Service at Presbyterian Hospital until April 1987. He was appointed Richard and Mildred Rhodebeck Professor of Dermatology June 6, 1983 and Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Professor Emeritus of Public Health on July 1, 1994.
He died October 19 2014 at the age of 87.
New York University Medical Quarterly (Summer 1968) v. 24, n.1, page 13.