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Harry Parker’s legacy lives on with Harvard rowing

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Harry Parker has been gone since last summer yet it seems that he never has left. “For the entire year any time a door swings open and I’m not looking, I expect him to walk in,” said Charley Butt, his colleague and successor.

Parker, who died of cancer at 77, was the dean of American rowing coaches and an inimitable institution at Harvard, where he directed the heavyweight crew program for 51 years and created a dynasty that endured across generations.

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