Bill and Lee met many years ago through the Pacific Northwest Morgan Motorcar Club. Both have "campaigned" British made Morgans literally for decades! "Campaigned," implies the need to handle all that occurs along the route, usually with lots of fixing, repairing and perseverance! Both are retired veterans: Bill, a Major (Artillery) US Army and Lee, a Captain (Medical Corps) US Navy. Both served in Vietnam; Bill also in Afghanistan.
Bill Ward was raised in Arizona and is a graduate of Arizona State University. Following a 21 year career in the military as a Field Artillery Officer and with multiple assignments in Europe, Central Asia and the Far East, Bill retired out of Ft Lewis, Washington. Appreciating the beauty of the Great North West, Bill stayed in Washington and devoted the next 17 years to working for Washington’s State Government and served in several management positions, each focused on process improvement and greater effectiveness in providing services to the citizens of our State.
Long a car buff, Bill is enthusiastic about being a partner with Lee Harman in campaigning the 1931 Ford Model A Victoria on the Peking to Paris Rally in 2019. Bill’s mechanical skills are of the bigger hammer and bailing wire variety but his press-on-regardless and mission first attitude should serve the team well. He is particularly proud to be a small part of the Countdown to Zero Polio Eradication Effort.
Bill and his wife of 43 years, Cassandra, split their time seasonally between San Tan Valley, Arizona and Olympia, Washington.
Lee Harman was born in Ohio, grew up in, Cocoa, Florida, and attended the University of Florida undergrad then attended medical school at University of Miami. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1969, retiring in 1992 achieving the rank of Captain. While in the Navy, he met his wife of 42 years, Judy. Dr. Harman served aboard ship as Senior Medical Officer (LPH3), learned to fly as a Designated Navy Flight Surgeon, then trained as an ophthalmologist, establishing surgical eye services at Naval Hospital Memphis, Tennessee. He earned and proudly wears the Navy Commendation and Vietnam Service Medals.
Moving to Arlington, Washington, in 1984, wife Judy and Dr. Harman established and retired from The Harman Eye Clinic, practicing as a cataract and refractive surgeon. He became a Rotarian in 1984 and served in many capacities including District PolioPlus Chairman (2009-12). In 2007, he traveled to India to participate in a National Immunization Day, distributing polio vaccine drops to hundreds of children. Since then, he and Judy have continued strong support of Rotary, becoming major donors in 2015.
A lifelong adventurer and enthusiast of just about anything creating exhaust, Dr. Harman has “campaigned” a 1956 Morgan motorcar all over the U.S. in 43 years of ownership. In 1990, as a part of the World Vintage Air Rally, he flew a 1947 Cessna 140 from London to Brisbane, Australia. In 2009 he rode with a group of 20 Aussies and New Zealanders in a Russian sidecar derivative of the WWII German BMW motorcycle. The journey started in Kiev, continued to Istanbul and ended in Italy, after passage through the middle east to the intended destination of Tel Aviv was curtailed by ongoing strife.
Participation in the Peking-to-Paris Endurance Rally has been a bucket list goal for some time. Joining forces with as competent a fellow enthusiast as Bill Ward, is an honor and privilege. Dedicating the effort to Rotary’s ultimate challenge of eradicating the scourge of polio from the world provides intense meaning and dandy icing on the cake of the endeavor.