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Byron Schermerhorn Harvey III

BYRON SCHERMERHORN HARVEY III 1932-2005 A memorial service for Byron S. Harvey, III, age 73, will be held in the Steele Auditorium of the Heard Museum, in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. A reception at the Heard will follow the service. Mr. Harvey died of a heart attack on December 20 at his home in Boston. A resident of Phoenix from 1960 to 1976, Mr. Harvey was a noted collector and scholar of American Indian art and culture. He donated to museums, libraries and cultural centers throughout the United States. Mr. Harvey was a graduate of the University of Chicago ('54) where he studied anthropology. His major legacy in Phoenix was the gift of more than 2,000 objects from his collection to the Heard Museum. He also arranged for the Heard to receive more than 4,000 major examples of American Indian and Spanish Colonial art formed by the Fred Harvey Company. Harvey was the great grandson of Fred Harvey, the company's founder. As an anthropologist, Byron Harvey did extensive research at Hopi, and in 1970, authored the book Ritual in Pueblo Art: Hopi Life in Hopi Painting. In recent years, he resided in Boston and was an active donor to Boston-area museums. While residing in Phoenix, Mr. Harvey involved himself in the urban Native American community by giving art objects, books, money and genuine encouragement to Indian groups and institutions. He supported performing arts, photography and writing projects for Native American youth and served on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Indian Center and was an elder of Central Presbyterian Church. Mr. Harvey was a friend and patron to Native American artists in the Southwest. Mr. Harvey was the husband of Joy (Colby); father of Charles Harvey, MD of Bourbonnais, Ill.; Richard Harvey of London, England; Katherine Harvey of Somerville, Mass.; Henry Harvey of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Stephen Harvey of Chicago, Ill.; brother of Helen Harvey Mills and Julian Harvey, both of Chicago, Ill. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Phoenix Indian Center, 2601 N. Third Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85004, 602-264-6768.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 19, 2006
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