Robert H. Harvey Sr., 84, controller of the American Chemical Society from 1970 to 1981 who became a partner in the Bethesda
tax accounting firm McKinley, Harvey and Hansen through the mid-1990s, died Sept. 5 at Riderwood Village retirement
community in Silver Spring. He had cancer.
Mr. Harvey was chief accountant for the National Academy of Sciences from 1949 to 1956, and its assistant business manager
from 1961 to 1970. In the interim period, he was business manager at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental
Biology in Bethesda. Robert Henry Harvey was born in Homer, La., and moved to Washington in 1937. He was a 1941 graduate
of the old Central High School and a 1948 accounting graduate of George Washington University. He received a certified
public accountant certificate in 1951.
During World War II, he was an Army Air Forces ground-to-air radio operator in the China-Burma-India theater. In 1997, he
visited China to retrace his wartime experiences.
He was a member and former treasurer of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington. As a younger man, he acted in
church plays and musicals. At Riderwood, he was responsible for running the film projector at movie screenings.
He enjoyed camping and fishing as well as playing the clarinet to big-band recordings.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gloria Farley Harvey of Riderwood Village; four children, Robert H. Harvey Jr. of Prince
Frederick, Md., William B. Harvey of San Diego, James G. Harvey of Olney and Bruce A. Harvey of Woodstock, Md.; 12
grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
-- Adam Bernstein