Eugene Isaac Harvey
Eugene Isaac Harvey was the fifth child born to George and Blanch Harvey, Berwick, Louisiana. He was educated in the public school system of St. Mary Parish, after which he entered the United States Navy. He later received recognition for his service during World War II in the form of an Honor Medal bestowed upon him by Governor Bobby Jindal. Upon completion of his military service he entered Xavier University and later the University of Indiana where he also began as an athletic trainer. Upon receiving his B.S. degree, he stayed on to complete his Masters. Harvey earned his physical therapy certificate at the American Institute of Science in Indianapolis, Indiana.
After college his first job was as a trainer for the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the 1950’s, he worked with Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider. Having served in the major leagues, he joined the Grambling State University Athletic Department.
Doc Harvey, as he was fondly known, served as the Athletic Trainer for men’s and women’s teams for a period in excess of fifty years. As Coach Eddie Robinson liked to say, “Doc always kept the Tigers healthy and ready for the next game.” For Doc was as much as a part of the team as the players.
In 1980, Harvey was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Six years later he, was honored by the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Further in the summer of 2011 he was inducted in the GSU Legends Hall of Fame. Currently Harvey is listed as a candidate in the field of Sports Medicine for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Harvey departed this life, May 22, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Eva Mae Davis Harvey, one brother, George Harvey, three sisters, Margaret Phillips, Beatrice Dumas and Annie Belle Turner. He leaves to mourn his passing two daughters, Carla H. Moore, Cynthia H. Douglas (Ernest), one grand-daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Douglas and one step grand-daughter, Mia Chante’ Douglas, all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a myriad of friends.
The viewing of the body of Eugene ”Doc” Harvey will be held Friday, May 25, 2012 at Miller Funeral Home, 706 Woodward Avenue, Ruston, LA, from 1:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M., and the wake will begin at 6:00 P.M. The final viewing will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, May 26 and funeral services will begin promptly at 1:00 P.M. The Interment is Grambling Memorial Gardens