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Harry Parker Honored With Inspiring Tributes at Memorial Row, Service

Spectators, including 45 former Harvard heavyweight crew captains, look on during the Harry Parker memorial service at Harvard Memorial Church (photo courtesy Gil Talbot)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – People from around the world traveled to Harvard Memorial Church on Saturday for a service in honor of Harry Parker, the late coach of Harvard heavyweight crew. In addition to the service, hundreds of former members of Parker's crews rowed the Charles River in remembrance of Harry in the morning.

"It was inspiring to see so many members of Harry's crews and the greater rowing community at the memorial row and service today," said Bob Scalise, Nichols Family Director of Athletics. "We are grateful that so many people were able to travel to Harvard this weekend to honor Harry. Today has shown how many lives Harry has touched and the lasting impact he made on Harvard and oarsmen throughout the world."

Several people that were closest to Harry gave remembrances to him in front of the capacity audience at Memorial Church, including his recently assigned replacement Charley Butt, Anne Warner, Lawrence "Monk" Terry, Jr. '68, Thomas Wright '02 and Joseph Harvey '89. In addition, his sons David Parker, AB'85, MBA'91 and George Parker '83 shared thoughts and his daughter Abigail Parker '17 read Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Ushering the event was 45 former captains of Harvard heavyweight crews.

The row attracted nearly 300 rowers that produced 25 Harvard eights, two Harvard fours, one Olympic eight, one Radcliffe eight and one Radcliffe four. The oarsmen rowed out of both Newell and Weld boathouses to Weeks Bridge, where they did a parade-style row down the Charles.

To close out the day, afternoon tea was served in the tradition of Henley at Weld Boathouse during a post-memorial reception.

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