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May 29, 2014
Patah,
It is difficult to find the words that even marginally encompass the summation of your magnificent character. And while I was scouring my brain for these elusive words, it occurred to me that typing an indescribable feeling is beyond the skill of any writer. This feeling is love, respect, admiration, and of course, more. It is all the wonderful memories. But most of all, this feeling is inspiration of a kind that only an incredible man can leave behind. Thank you for leaving it behind with me.
May 27, 2014
One of the greatest gifts I received marrying Patah's grandson, Jack, was the opportunity to know and love Patah. Both of my wonderful grandfathers passed away before I graduated from high school, so I have often thought of the blessing I received in having a third grandfather to grow close to. Even in the early days of Jack's and my relationship, I knew Patah was a special man and that I was privileged to know him. When Jack and I were 18 years old, newly dating and in college at American University, Patah would pick us up on campus and take us to the Kennedy Center, or out to dinner at Via Veneto near his home, or to Sunday brunch at Belle Haven Country Club. He was always a true gentleman: opening my car door, pulling out my chair. He told us so many interesting stories about his life, and was always up for a heated political discussion with me, especially as I started to build my career in politics. Once we graduated from American University, and as Patah grew older, we began visiting him on the weekends, picking him up for a Washington Nationals game, taking him out to dinner, or just sitting in his sunny living room catching up. I cannot adequately describe the true fullness I have in my heart from knowing Patah. Jack and I both feel very blessed to have spent so much of our dating years with Patah, that we chose our wedding destination—The Outer Banks—based on the tradition he started, and that we have so many wonderful memories with him. I love you Patah, thank you for giving me another chance at enjoying the true gift of a grandfather.
May 27, 2014
Patah was a man I could easily write a book about and I was so lucky to have spent as much time with him as I did. I don't remember but apparently I named him "Patah" because I couldn't pronounce Grandpa when I was little. He was one of the reasons that I decided to attend college in Washington, DC and having him nearby was always such a comfort.

He used to tell me stories about his time in India and China with the Navy. My favorite was about his Naval unit's pet monkey in India named Bobo. Bobo was fond of eating the green paint that the Navy used to paint oxygen bottles, which Patah would chuckle and explain... didn't end well for Bobo. Patah would then proudly explain the green paint was used to paint the oxygen bottles containing liquidated oxygen that he helped develop so it could be transported in an aircraft. This was critical at the time because traditional oxygen bottles exploded from the lack of air pressure in the atmosphere.

I have so many great memories: visiting him as a child, chasing fire flies, picking blackberries, going to the Outer Banks every year, going to Navy vs. American University basketball games, introducing him to my then girlfriend an now wife, and even living in his house. Sarah and I feel so fortunate to have been able to share our wedding with him. We couldn't think of a more perfect location than the Outer Banks, which is truly one of his legacies.

I love you and will miss you Patah. Thank you for all of the memories.
May 20, 2014
I met Jack in Washington D.C where we were members of the Alpha Delta Phi Alumni Group. Jack will be missed by many generations of Alpha Delts. He was an out standing example of an Alpha Delt who truly cared about his Fraternity throughout his life.
May 06, 2014
It was an honor and pleasure to know Mr. Harvey. I feel very Blessed to consider Mr. Harvey my friend. John-my prayers are with you.

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