Eugene “Doc” Harvey
Eugene “Doc” Harvey, longtime Grambling State University athletic trainer, departed this life May 22, 2012. He was laid to rest by his family Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Grambling, under the direction of Miller’s Funeral Home of Ruston.
Pallbearers included Darrell Sanders Sr., Andre Lewis, Ewing Collier, Gregory Gray, Darrell Sanders Jr., Larry Pannell, Charlie Lewis, Vyron Brown, Douglas Lee Williams and Rodney Billups.
Eugene Isaac Harvey was the fifth child born to George and Blanch Harvey in Berwick. 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 Gov. 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 master’s degree. Harvey earned his physical therapy certificate at the American Institute of Science in Indianapolis, Ind.
After college his first job was as a trainer for the Brooklyn Dodgers, 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 50 years. As Coach Eddie Robinson liked to say, “Doc always kept the Tigers healthy and ready for the next game.” Doc was as much 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 into 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; and three sisters, Margaret Phillips, Beatrice Dumas and Annie Belle Turner.
He leaves to mourn his passing two daughters, Carla H. Moore, and Cynthia H. Douglas and her husband Ernest of Baton Rouge; one granddaughter, Morgan Elizabeth Douglas of Baton Rouge; one step-granddaughter, MiaChanté Douglas of Baton Rouge; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a myriad of friends.