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Harry Parker Awarded Harvard Medal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew, has been awarded the 2012 Harvard Medal for extraordinary service to the university.

Parker, in his 50th season coaching the Crimson, was one of five recipients named by the Harvard Alumni Association. They received the medals from President Drew Faust as part of Harvard’s Commencement ceremonies Thursday afternoon. First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service from teaching, leadership, and innovation to fundraising, administration, and volunteerism.

The other honorees were Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon, Charles W. Collier and Susan S. Wallach. Melvin Gordon ’41 is a former Crimson football player. He and wife Ellen have been loyal and dedicated supporters of Harvard Athletics.

Click here for the announcement and video profiles of the honorees.