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A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Please feel free to share your memories about Harvey, we would love to read them. Thank you for coming to his website.

Karen, Erika, Neil
OBITUARY

Dr. Harvey Weston Parker

December 23, 1936May 5, 2020

Dr. Harvey Weston Parker, of Bellevue, WA, died peacefully at his home on May 5th, 2020. He battled Ampullary Cancer for almost two years with his family always by his side.

Harvey was born in Panama City, Panama on December 23rd, 1936. He had the privilege of being raised by four mothers, which included his mother, his grandmother and his two aunts - Norma Harrington and Muriel Neill, while living in the Panama Canal Zone, Colorado, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now called Auburn University) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BSCE) in 1957. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Harvard in 1967 and then his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Geology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1976.

He made significant civil engineering contributions and publications for over 55 years. From his time as Chief Engineer of a US Navy Destroyer, to his pioneering work on steel fiber shotcrete in 1972, and to his innovative approaches to civil engineering projects including the Mount Baker Ridge Tunnel in Seattle, Washington (the largest soil tunnel in the world) and metro systems across the United States including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, Boston and Chicago.

He also gave back to the industry through leadership and service. He was Chairman of several organizations including the US National Committee on Tunneling Technology, The Underground Technology Research Council and the Underground Shotcrete Subcommittee for the American Concrete Institute Committee. He served as president of the International Tunneling Association & Underground Space Association (ITA) from 2004-2007. In 2019, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ITA.

One of Harvey's greatest loves was traveling with his wife Karen. They traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia and made lifelong friends everywhere they stayed. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his extended family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Harvey Parker II and his mother Barbara O"Shaughnessy. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Karen of Bellevue, WA, son Neil (Diane) Parker of Tucson, AZ, and daughter Erika (Chris) Price of Edmonds, WA. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Ryan, Stephen, Sydney and Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (www.seattlecca.org), the University of Illinois, Grainger College of Engineering (www.grainger.illinois.edu/giving) or to EvergreenHealth Hospice Services (www.evergreenhealthfoundation.org, please specify “to support the Hospice program".

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harvey's memorial service will be held at a future date. The family will be in touch with friends and family as information is available.

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R.K. Goel

June 1, 2020

Really very sad to read about the sad demise of Prof. Harvey Parker.

I met first and last time with Prof. Harvey Parker during the World Tunnel Congress in 2007 at Prague, Czech Republic and also listen his lecture there. I still remember one sentence from his lecture - "Underground Space should be looked as the investment for future generations". This shows the futuristic thinking of a great human being Prof. Parker. I always use to share his quote during my lectures.

May his departed soul rest in peace.

Dr. R. K. Goel
Chief Scientist
Tunnel and Underground Space Design
India
email: rkgoel15@gmail.com

martin knights

May 23, 2020

In Memory of Harvey Parker –a colleague, a gentleman, and family friend



With deepest sympathy to Karen and the family.


What a kind person Harvey was . He always had time to sit and talk , help others and exchange ideas .

I fortunate to be the successor to Harvey as ITA President from 2007-10 and benefitted from his experience ,learning and wise counsel . His commitment to the industry was consistent and he always showed up and did his best. He knew how to work the room and was the consummate networker, confidante and had a happy blend of work, family, social and worldly conversation. He was really proud to be an ITA President and at each ITA , RETC, NAT or George Fox event he would always make sure that there was a gathering of past , former and current Presidents to propose a toast to ITA ‘s health and to record the gathering on camera…. just as he did in Naples last year ! (the attached picture is testimony to that; 5 ITA Presidents ….with Harvey at the centre ).

We liked Harvey a lot and Jenni and l always teamed up with Harvey and Karen at the US or overseas conferences. They made a great couple and were extremely popular with everyone they met. Jenni and l fondly remember our ITA Exco visit in 2008 to Vietnam and the 3 day post ITA tour of north and mid Vietnam with Harvey and Karen and the then ITA Secretary General Claude Berenguier and his wife Nan. A lot of laughter , vociferous opinions , eating, drinking, friendship and sight seeing ; conducted mostly on board a small tour bus…… with little observation of social distancing !

We miss you Harvey !

Martin and Jennifer Knights
Surrey,UK


Carlos Jaramillo

May 22, 2020

My condolences to the family. We invited Harvey to participate as a member of the BOC for the Esti Hydroelectric Project in Panama. He was delighted to join us, not only because the project was challenging, but because it gave him the opportunity to visit his birthplace after many years. The photo shows Harvey documenting the site visit with Barry Cooke and Gabe Fernandez (behind Harvey). We enjoyed working with him in this project and we always enjoyed his friendship, renovated each year during our tunnel conferences, and participation in other projects. We will miss Harvey.

Jim and Carol Mahar

May 21, 2020

We were so sorry to learn of Harvey's illness and passing. What wonderful memories we have of Harvey, Karen, and their children from our younger days in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. Our deepest condolences to Karen and their offspring. It was a treat to know them all!
Love,
Carol and Jim Mahar

John Reilly

May 20, 2020

With great sympathy to Karen, Erica, Neil and his grandchildren
I’ve been fortunate to know and work with Harvey for nearly 30 years, first within ITA and then on projects in North America. Sometimes I would bring him in (Seattle Alaskan Way, Evergreen Point floating bridge) and sometimes he would bring me in (LA Metro). We co-authored many papers together on key topics for underground planning, design and construction, where his many insights and recommendations were positive, thoughtful, clear, far-sighted and relevant. He advised me while I was President of UCA and Chair of 2 ITA Working Groups – always generous with his time and wisdom.
As a fellow consultant, he helped me in many ways. When issues were difficult we would often compare notes and recommendations. However, it was as a trusted friend that I most remember my relationship with Harvey and Karen. He was always generous, positive and far-sighted. Sandra and I will miss him personally and professionally.

Perla Schmidt

May 20, 2020

Dear Karen, Neil and Erica,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Harvey’s passing. He was a gentle, compassionate and kind man. I am happy that Birger introduced our families together. Harvey was a great friend even after Birger was gone, he invited me to several ITA meetings. I remember very well when he and you Karen took me as roommate in Milan. It was a little tight for three , the hotel described the extra bed was adequate, Harvey took it with ease and told me I am family. You will be missed my friend, Rest In Peace ☮️ I am including a photo taken at the reception in Bergen ITA 2017.
Perla

Hamdi Aydin

May 20, 2020

I am very saddened to learn about passing of Harvey.

I had the honor to meet and talk to Harvey in various activities of International Tunneling Association & Underground Space Association (ITA) during and after his presidency. In 2005, world tunnel conference was held in Istanbul, Turkey when Harvey was the President. Everybody, including him, were very happy with the organization and to be in Turkey. Later when we have met on several occasions, he was always asking me when we would again meet in Turkey. Harvey could not see Turkey announcing his candidacy for organizing the world tunnel conference in 2023 (http://www.wtc2023turkey.org/); and if Turkey wins the election, unfortunately Harvey will not be able to be with us.

He was a very positive, friendly and intelligent person as well as being a gentleman. He will always be remembered.

I extend my deepest condolences and patience to his beloved family.

May God allow him to rest in peace.

Hamdi Aydin
Member of the ITA-AITES Executive Council and
Board Member of Turkish Road Association (TRA)
haydin@emay.com

Laurel Rich

May 18, 2020

Many words come to mind as we remember Harvey. Most prominent are kind, stalwart, and genuine. We will miss his easy-going nature, the twinkle in his eyes, and his sense of humor. He was so quick to smile and laugh. He had a terrific laugh, didn’t he? We feel extremely grateful for having had the good fortune of knowing and working with Harvey for several decades. He quickly became our friend. We hurt. We know his family hurts. We are praying for you, and for peace to come to you, in due time. With all our love, Laurel and Reed.

Michael Elwell

May 18, 2020

Michael & Eileen Elwell
With great sympathy
to Karen, Erica, Neil

Harvey Weston Parker

When I first met Harvey Parker, It was in our house during an ice storm on Long Island NY (about 1985). We were a privileged family in the Long Island elite, we had a potbelly stove. Heat was a premium when you have been out of it for four days and nights without electricity. Dottie, my wife, knew the Parkers, they only lived three blocks from us. Their kids Neil and Erika went to Flower Hill Elementary school with my two older children, Cindy & Bryan. Cindy is still a good friend of Erika, forty-plus years later.


The Parkers left our little group in Long Island to move to Seattle 1990? I was transferred to Seattle in 1991, the first people we called were Harvey & Karen. With their suggestions and advice, we moved to Yarrow Point, WA about 1 mile from the Parkers.
We socialized with the Parkers. I had a wonderful time with Harvey and the discussions we had over his many trips, his Navy career, tunneling, engineering experiences. I also had a common interest with him in Photoshop and Lightroom, two tools that I used in my business with Kodak. Harvey, with his photographic involvement on his tunneling and expeditions, had a need for these tools. I loved talking with him, his positive viewpoint, depth of knowledge, brilliant viewpoint was always exhilarating.
Our children grew older, college, jobs, weddings, and grandchildren. Harvey was a proud parent! When he was talking about his children there was always get a twinkle in his eye. He was so proud of them. When talking about the Grandchildren he would get that double twinkle.
Harvey, you earned a spectacular life. Great education, a wonderful marriage, fantastic kids, great loyal friends, unbelievable career, made the world a better place, with lots of love. I am a better person for knowing you. May God bless you.

Michael Elwell


Jon Kaneshiro

May 18, 2020

Dear Karen and family.
Harvey was a gentleman and a mover and shaker in the tunneling industry. He had a beautiful voice that never seemed to tire or go hoarse.

I had first contacted Harvey around 1983, while working on the steel-fiber shotcrete specifications for the Stanford Linear Collider and grew to know him as he had hired Tom Scotese to work on the Seattle Bus tunnels and through his involvement in ACI, UTRC, the OTHG (dubbed the Over-The-Hill-Gang), which consisted of two former bosses, Don Rose and Dick Harding, as well as Don Dodds, Ed Kennedy, Harvey, and as I recall also Ed Graf and Howard Handewith. And of course, I grew to know him with the ITA, where he got me involved in Working Group 15, Tunnelling and the Environment, whence he also served as Tutor.

Harvey was a force in tunneling, and I owe a great deal of gratitude for his kindness, good deeds and contributions to the industry and his promotion of my involvement.

With deepest sympathy,
Jon and Emi

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Biography

Dr. Harvey Weston Parker, of Bellevue, WA, died peacefully at his home on May 5th, 2020. He battled Ampullary Cancer for almost two years with his family always by his side.

Harvey was born in Panama City, Panama on December 23rd, 1936. He had the privilege of being raised by four mothers, which included his mother, his grandmother and his two aunts - Norma Harrington and Muriel Neill, while living in the Panama Canal Zone, Colorado, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now called Auburn University) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BSCE) in 1957. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Harvard in 1967 and then his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Geology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1976.

He made significant civil engineering contributions and publications for over 55 years. From his time as Chief Engineer of a US Navy Destroyer, to his pioneering work on steel fiber shotcrete in 1972, and to his innovative approaches to civil engineering projects including the Mount Baker Ridge Tunnel in Seattle, Washington (the largest soil tunnel in the world) and metro systems across the United States including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, Boston and Chicago.

He also gave back to the industry through leadership and service. He was Chairman of several organizations including the US National Committee on Tunneling Technology, The Underground Technology Research Council and the Underground Shotcrete Subcommittee for the American Concrete Institute Committee. He served as president of the International Tunneling Association & Underground Space Association (ITA) from 2004-2007. In 2019, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ITA.

One of Harvey's greatest loves was traveling with his wife Karen. They traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia and made lifelong friends everywhere they stayed. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his extended family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Harvey Parker II and his mother Barbara O"Shaughnessy. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Karen of Bellevue, WA, son Neil (Diane) Parker of Tucson, AZ, and daughter Erika (Chris) Price of Edmonds, WA. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Ryan, Stephen, Sydney and Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (www.seattlecca.org), the University of Illinois, Grainger College of Engineering (www.grainger.illinois.edu/giving) or to EvergreenHealth Hospice Services (www.evergreenhealthfoundation.org, please specify “to support the Hospice program".

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harvey's memorial service will be held at a future date. The family will be in touch with friends and family as information is available.