I never had the privilege of meeting him, but for the number of times Malcolm has spoken about him I feel like I’ve meet Harry Parker many times. He was an incredible coach, and a wonderful man. It is always tragic when the life of someone so gifted is cut shorter than everyone would hope, but his wisdom and passion will exist forever in the hearts and minds of all those he taught, inspired and who’s lives he impacted.
Coaching (or teaching as Harry said in the video below) is one of those blessed professions where you have the ability to make a huge difference in other people’s lives. And with the best teachers/coaches, more often than not, the greatest impact has very little to do with the subject matter. My favourite teachers and coaches have helped me in every aspect of my life, become a better person as I picked up those skills/knowledge. I have seen the impact that Harry has had on my husband, and I know the greatest legacy is to honour those teachings by one’s every day actions. So Harry, thank you for the role you played in helping shape Malcolm into the incredible man, athlete and rower he is today.
Harry Parker: Why We Row video
Row2K Remembrance Article
Harvard Crimson Article
Harry and Abigail: Doubles Race at Head of the Charles 2012