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Statement on passing of Harry Parker

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Statement on passing of Harry Parker, The Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Heavyweight Crew, by Jack Reardon, AB’60, Executive Director, Harvard Alumni Association and Harvard University Athletic Director 1977-1990

Harry was one of Harvard’s most illustrious coaches and he may have been the greatest college crew coach of all time. In any chosen profession, there are people who are very good and there are people who are the best. Harry Parker was the best. Harry’s rowers revered him. He was a man of few words but those words counted, and he inspired his athletes to do better than they thought possible. There will never be another Harry Parker. I will miss him and Harvard will miss him.