The son of former Alex Brown & Sons Inc. CEO F. Barton Harvey, Jr., and his wife, the former Grace Walker Locke, Mr. Harvey attended Baltimore’s Calvert and Gilman Schools. He was a scholar and an athlete at Gilman, receiving many awards and voted McCormick’s Unsung Hero Award for Maryland in football which characterizes his soft-spoken prowess.
Mr. Harvey was also awarded the prestigious Morehead scholarship “for leaders demonstrating an ability to influence, energize, and inspire others,” and a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but instead went on to study at Harvard University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in history in 1973.
Mr. Harvey continued his education at the University of Virginia Law School, receiving his J.D. and specializing in civil litigation. In 1978, Mr. Harvey served as an aide to U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Lowell Weicker of Connecticut. Mr. Harvey helped prepare Senator Weicker Chair of the Commission for the Watergate Hearings, resulting in President Nixon’s resignation.
Mr. Harvey then commenced a successful nearly three-decade long legal career, first as a lawyer at Bracewell Patterson in Houston, then at Venable, LLP, and thereafter as an attorney at Annapolis-based Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut & Klein, where he specialized in product liability cases. After retiring from the practice of law, Mr. Harvey fulfilled a life-long dream of working as an educator, receiving his Master of Arts in Teaching from Loyola University of Maryland, and serving as a teaching assistant in Baltimore’s inner-city schools.
Close friends and family recall Mr. Harvey’s sly wit, intellect, integrity, kindness and care for others, his big heart, dedication to his four daughters and love of sports, nature, and family.
Jack spent his summers on Fishers Island, surrounded by the extended Harvey clan. As a young boy, he and his brother, Bart, loved digging for clams on Middle Farms beach, netting crabs at Hay Harbor, and fishing for blues and stripers off Race Rock and Isabella Beach — activities he’d later go on to teach his four daughters. Jack was an avid (and excellent) tennis player who, along with his father and brother, took home many trophies from Hay Harbor tournaments. Jack also loved a good party, and was a regular at the old pit parties, flames blazing and music blaring, in an era when young men still wore blazers. He could also be found, from time to time, boogying on the Pequot dance floor.
“Jack was such a joy to everyone who knew him. He was a high achiever but with a grace that belied his ambition and ability, and he turned all his attention to his four daughters in his later years. He is in a better place now, after a hard fight with Lewy Bodies,” said his older brother, Bart Harvey of Baltimore.
Mr. Harvey served on the board of the Nature Conservancy, Calvert School, Jemicy School, and St. Paul’s School for Girls.
In addition to his brother, Jack Harvey is survived by two sisters, Grace and Rose Harvey of New York, NY and four daughters, Gillian Harvey and her children, Tiffin and Arlo Humphrey of Ashville, NC, Cassie Harvey of Los Angeles, CA, Isabel Harvey and her husband, Huff Millard of Baltimore, and Georgia Harvey of New York, NY.