Harry, a native of Montana, graduated from Montana State University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science chemical engineering degree. He received a fellowship from Hughes Aircraft Company and obtained a Master of Science chemical engineering degree from the University of Arizona two years later. In 1975 he was awarded an honorary professional engineering degree from the University of Arizona.
Harry´s career has spanned a range of prominent chemical companies. His career began in 1961 with EI du Pont de Nemours Company as a technical and production supervisor in the low and high density polyethylene manufacturing division.
Between 1968 and 1987 Harry held various managerial positions with Northern Petrochemical Company, Norchem Inc, Enron Chemical Company, USI Chemical Company Inc, (all one company), starting off as polymer manufacturing manager and rising to group vice president for business management and development.
Harry was appointed president and CEO of AMPLAS Corporation, Dallas, in 1987 and held the position until 1991 when he joined Sasol as managing director of Sasol Alpha Olefins Division in South Africa. He also served as the Chairman of the Sasol corporate strategy team from its inception to when he left South Africa in 1999 to head up Sasol North America. In 2000, Sasol had an opportunity to purchase a portion of a German company that expanded the Global business that Harry developed for Sasol in South Africa. Upon successful negotiations for the purchase, Harry was elected to be the President and Managing Director of the expanded global business headquartered in Germany. From 2000 to 2002 he was responsible for managing all of the facets of Sasol Olefins and Surfactants GmbH. Harry retired from Sasol in September 2002 and established Hyatt and Associates, a consulting company for the chemical industry.
In 2004, Harry was elected to the Board of Montana State University Foundation and served until 2010. He also was elected to the Board of ATP, a wholly own subsidiary of MSU Foundation serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman and will term out of this board in 2012.
He married Jane Shope on 13 September 1958. They have a daughter, Karen and a son, Chris. Harry enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis, snow-skiing and boating. When in South Africa, he and Jane loved wildlife viewing.