September 28, 1919 — May 28, 2018
QUEENSBURY — Norman Albert Harvey, M.D., died suddenly, at the age of 98, on Monday, May 28, 2018, doing what he loved best ... walking on Meadowbrook Road in Queensbury.
He was born Norman Albert Bragg on Sept. 28, 1919 in Port Arthur, Texas, to Norine and Chester Bragg. When, at the age of 3, his parents were no longer able to care for their children, Norman was adopted by Walter and Edna Harvey of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Norm graduated from high school at the age of 16 and went on to graduate from Wesleyan College and the Long Island School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School (Mary Hitchcock Hospital) in 1949. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
On Oct. 7, 1944, he married Ruth Thompson Harrington of Saratoga Springs. Ruth and Norm moved to Glens Falls in 1950, where he was a practicing pediatrician and school doctor for many years.
Later in his career, he became board-certified in family practice. He began a second career working for the New York State Department of Corrections as a physician at Mount McGregor Correctional Facility and the Great Meadow Correctional Facility.
One of Norm’s greatest accomplishments was receiving the Laurance Redway Award for medical writing from the New York State Medical Society in 1965 for his three-part article: “Cybernetic Applications in Medicine.”
Dr. Harvey was a resident of Glens Falls and Queensbury most of his life and recently, after the death of his wife, a resident at the Glen at Hiland Meadows. He was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church as well as the Glens Falls Country Club. Among other activities, he was on the board of Samaritan Counseling and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He was an avid supporter of the Glens Falls Symphony and a season ticket holder for many years.
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The three things Norm was most passionate about were advocating the benefits of physical exercise, playing the piano and writing frequent letters to the editor of The Post-Star.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, in 2012 after nearly 68 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by all five of his siblings, including his brother, Desmond Bragg, who passed away at the age of 97. He was also predeceased by a grandson, David T. Becher, and a son-in-law, William J. McLaughlin Jr.
He is survived by his four children, Denise McLaughlin, Leslie Becher, Andrew (Carol) Harvey and Thomas (Tammy) Harvey; seven grandchildren, Alexander Becher, Emily (Chris) Magee, Meredith Harvey, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Aunchman, Caroline (Thomas) Voglio, Derek Harvey and Monica Harvey; and four great-grandchildren, Dorothy, Anthony and Rosalie Magee and Giuliana Aunchman. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at Pine View Cemetery.
Calling hours are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 4, prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glens Falls Symphony and/or the Double H Camp.
For those who wish, a special remembrance may be made to the family by visiting sbfuneralhome.com.