Biography

Harry R. Purkey

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Delegate Harry R. Purkey


Born: Parsons, WV
Gender: M
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist
Education: Old Dominion University (B.S., Business Administration; B.S., Economics, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, PA
(entrepreneurial program)
Virginia Colleges and Universities:
Old Dominion University

Military Service: USAR (1957-62)
Occupation/Profession: First Vice President (Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.)
Membership & Affiliation: Methodist Church
Governor’s Advisory Council for Revenue Estimates
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (board of trustees)
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (trustee)
Virginia Beach Republican Party (former chairman)
Chamber of Commerce
Old Dominion University Educational Foundation (former director); Intercollegiate Foundation (former director)
Virginia Public Beach Commission (former commissioner)
Industrial Development Authority (former director)
Tidewater Automobile Association (director)
Boy Scouts of America,Tidewater Council (former director)
Norfolk Sports Club
Governor’s Commission on Government Reform “Strike Force”
Select Committee on Transportation
Great Neck Recreation Association (former director)
Nanotechnology Commission (chairman)
Spouse: Sonja Helene Firing (deceased)
Children: Harry R., Jr., Charlotte H., and Gregory

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