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Perks answered call

At the memorial on Saturday for engineer and former Philadelphia official Harry M. Perks, the only recognizable city representative was former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., who provided reflections. I had never met Perks, but knew many of his accomplishments … Continue reading

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MEMORIAL SERVICE

A memorial service for Harry M. Perks followed by a luncheon was held Saturday, October 26, at 11AM, at Central Baptist Church, 37 South Jackson Street, Woodbury, NJ. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations can be made … Continue reading

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Lives Well Lived: Local engineer built career around family

By the time he was 23, Harry M. Perks had his life mapped out. “By then he had his master’s degree in engineering, he was married, he had a kid, a house and a professional job he would hold for … Continue reading

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The man who built Philadelphia – quietly

I wanted to tell you about somebody today. He was the kind of guy more people should know about, especially folks who think everybody in government is corrupt, or lazy, or a cynical burnout holding on for a pension. I … Continue reading

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Harry M. Perks, 85, engineer who supervised many Philadelphia building projects

Harry M. Perks was the guy who got things done.Whether it was supervising the building of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and monitoring its expansion, building new public schools, renovating the library, the zoo and the Academy of Music, building Veterans … Continue reading

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Harry Perks, streets chief

Harry M. Perks, 85, a former Philadelphia streets commissioner who oversaw construction of the Convention Center, died Sunday, Sept. 29, at his home in Medford, after a long illness. Mr. Perks, an engineer who graduated from the Citadel and Yale … Continue reading

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Harry works, doesn’t want the credit – or the Perks

Philadelphia Daily News Monday, December 29, 1997, Page 10 Harry who? He’s the man behind practically every thing good By Dave Davies For years, Harry Perks has scoffed when I’ve told him I should write a column about him. But … Continue reading

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