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2019 CELEBRATION OF LIFE HONOREE

BILL HARMON

     As the youngest brother of the renowned Harmon Brothers, son of 1948 Masters Champion, Claude Harmon, Bill is currently the Director of Instruction at the Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, California. During the off season he has taught at prestigious clubs around the country including Carnegie Abbey Golf Club in Portsmouth, RI, Winged Foot Golf Club, Westchester, NY, and Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, CO.  He has worked with several touring professionals, including Jay Haas, 14-time winner on the Champions’ Tour and Bill Haas, two-time winner on the 2010 PGA Tour. You may also recognize him as a contributor and analyst on the Golf Channel.

     Bill and his wife Robin have been married for more than 28 years and share a passion to help the community in a variety of ways. They have raised two sons in La Quinta, CA and now as "empty-nesters," have directed their concerted efforts to address the growing needs of drug and alcohol dependency facilities and programs founding the Harmon Recovery Foundation in 2010.

     In 2016, Bill was diagnosed with throat cancer after months of a sore throat. In a 2016 issue of Golf World, Bill said, “The funny thing about it, even when I was depressed, I never feared dying from this thing. I feared the loss of the quality of life,” Harmon said. “Your throat is everything—it’s breathing, talking, swallowing, eating … that’s your lifeline. Once I heard what the treatment was with radiation and everything … basically that scared the s--- out of me.”

     After his experience with fighting cancer in 2016, Bill and Robin, also a survivor, have decided to expand the scope of the Harmon Recovery Foundation’s support to include non-profit cancer treatment centers.