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Paul C. Parker ’40

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Paul C. Parker ’40, April 29, 2009, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. Paul earned a BA from Reed in political science and attended grad school at Harvard University. During World War II, he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Savo Island in the Pacific. He then worked for the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C., and headed the department's international finance section for the Middle East. In 1953, he joined the Ford Foundation in New York City, working in an overseas development program. From there, he represented the Bank of America in the Middle East, Africa, and Rome. He then worked for the Mellon International Finance Corporation as a Middle East representative, retiring in 1987. Paul lived in numerous locations, including England, Lebanon, Greece, and Canada. In his marriage to Willa L. Crowder ’42, he was father to four children, including three Reedies, Douglas A. Parker ’67, Catherine L. Parker ’77, Anthony S. Parker ’80, and Gary Reed Parker. He later married Laurice Haddad.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2010

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