July 30, 1946 - November 7, 2015
Harlan had a passion for the theater that distinguished him and underscored his unwavering support of Chicago theater and its artists. He was drawn to music and theater at a young age and had leads in musicals at New Trier High School in Glencoe and played principal roles in Northwestern University’s Waa-Mu show for three years. A supporter of the Jeff Awards Committee for 21 years and development chair of Jeff Awards Affiliates, Harlan celebrated excellence in Chicago theater not only as a patron, but through extensive personal relationships with both young and experienced talent, and was always the consummate cheerleader. Along with his wife Susan, he was a founding board member of Highland Park Players in 1988, a community theater at which he also performed, and for which he served as producer and treasurer of shows for 13 years. A periodontist by trade, Harlan also served in 2009 as a panelist in the musical theater area for the National Endowment for the Arts.
In addition to his wife of 44 years, he is survived by daughters Shara (Matthew) Lieberman and Deborah Haimes, his granddaughters Hannah and Marissa Lieberman, and a sister, Joyce Fidell.