David E Harvey

June 4, 1926April 30, 2013

David E. Harvey, 86, of Keene, died Tuesday afternoon, April 30, 2013, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, following a brief illness.

He was born in Cambridge, MA, on June 4, 1926, the son of Shirley Wilcox and Annette Bassford (McKnight) Harvey. He attended Brookline High School and graduated from The New Hampton School in Massachusetts. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tuft’s University, his master’s degree from Brown University, and did further graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Harvey served the in the United States Air Force for two years during the time of the Korean War, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant, before his Honorable Discharge.

A school teacher by profession, he served on the faculties of the Rockport (MA) High School, the Community College of Temple University, and at Keene State College, where he was a member of the History Department from 1965 until his retirement in 1991. Also at Keene, he served on many committees and was Parliamentarian to the College Senate for fifteen years.

David Harvey married Mary W. (Wagner) Teeter on October 29, 2011 in a ceremony at the United Church of Christ in Keene. The couple traveled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and along the Danube River in Europe.

Mr. Harvey was a member of the United Church of Christ in Keene for many years; he served on a number of boards and committees, including the Diaconate, the Music Committee, the Historians, and the Board of Delegates. He was also active in the Cheshire Association of Churches of the United Church of Christ, holding several offices therein, including that of Moderator. He served two terms as a Trustee of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and two terms on the Board of Friends of the Keene Public Library. He sang in the choirs of both the United Church of Christ as well as the Keene Pops Choir. He was also a member of the Retired Educators Association of Keene.

He is survived by his wife: Mary W. Harvey, his three sons – in – law: Robert B. Pike and his wife Nancy and their daughter Hanna M. Pike of Ocala, FL., Harold S. Pike, III and his wife Laura, and their children Heather S. Pike and Harold S. “Diddy” Pike, IV of Tamworth, NH and Mathew L. Pike and his wife Teri of Orlando FL.; three sisters – in – law: Shirley Hood, Margery Steady, Nancy A. Hood; his nieces and nephews: Karl Booth, Jonathon Booth, George Booth, Susan Page, Peter Jackson, Bill Jackson, Lyman Jackson, Craig Hood, Nancy Hood, Susan Hood, Michele Hood, Gregory Hood, Dale Hood, Paula (Hood ) Wayman and Jeffrey Hood; as well as a cousin Thomas Gonya of Keene.

He is predeceased by his first wife Mary Louise (Hood ) Harvey, who died in 2006.

Calling Hours will be held Sunday at the Fletcher Funeral Home from 5:00 until 7:00. A Celebration of Mr. Harvey’s Life will be held at 11:00 on Monday at the United Church of Christ, 23 Central Sq., Keene.

The family requests that In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations be made to the United Church of Christ (, Memorial Fund, 23 Central Sq., Keene, NH 03431 or to The Historical Society of Cheshire County (, P.O. Box 803, 246 Main St., Keene, New Hampshire 03431.

Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services (, 33 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431 has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 5, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 6, 2013

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July 20, 2013

How sad to learn of Cousin (and my Godfather) David's death. David was like his father, gentle, full of knowledge and kind.

Sara Harvey Massa

Michael Harvey

July 18, 2013

I am so sorry to hear, so late, of Cousin David's death. The Harvey family is diminished by the loss of this fine gentle man.

Nancy Howard

May 8, 2013

It was a pleasure singing with David over the years and wonderful to see and interact with him. Always a gentleman of integrity and kindness, he will be missed.

diana worcester

May 6, 2013

I will truly miss David's smile what a gentleman .Living near David for many years and enjoy seeing him out for his evenings walks and stopping to talk a wonderful man that will be missed by all.Rest in peace my friend

Mike Haines

May 6, 2013

David was in the History Dept. when I became dean of arts and humanities at KSC. David was, in every sense, a true "gentleman." I was saddened to hear he had passed away, and I am sorry to miss his funeral.

Colin Galletly

May 5, 2013

Saddened to learn of Prof. Harvey's passing. I stayed with Prof. Harvey during sessions 1971/72 and 1972/73 at Keene State College and to this day I can remember the dinner table conversation with Prof. Harvey and the late Prof. Harold E. Nugent. I have always been grateful for the kindness shown me by those New England gentlemen.

May 5, 2013

I first met David when I was enrolled as a Freshman at Keene State College in 1967. Throughout my College years we enjoyed a strong bond and relationship. He was my teacher and we became good friends. In my College years our friendship grew and lasted right up to this day. We talked recently about getting together this summer and still having many good years to enjoy each others company. I shall sorely miss you David. You were a man of God, a pillar of integrity, and a deep personal friend.
Wayne E. Helie
Keene, NH

Heather Morrison

May 4, 2013

I will truly miss David's smiling presence in our church. He was a great addition to the pit choir of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! David and Mary were such cute sweethearts.

Deborah Butler

May 3, 2013

David was a lovely man and I will miss his smile at Pops. My deepest sympathy to Mary and family.