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Paul F. Parks ’53

Paul F. Parks Sr. ’53, October 26, 2000, in North Plains, Oregon. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and entered Reed in the army premeteorology program. After receiving a BA in physics, he earned an MS in engineering. His initial career was at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, and Paul later returned to Portland to work for Tektronix as an engineer in semiconductor fabrication. He managed the chemistry laboratory, the model shop, and the library, while also working in recruiting, planning new facilities, and organizing research as the department head of that division. He was active in his community, chair of the local school board and assistant supervisor of the Washington County soil and water conservation district. He was instrumental in establishing an electronics curriculum at Portland Community College. In 1972 he consulted at Electro Scientific Industries, an association that helped him launch his own company, P/M Industries in 1973. His operations extended to TechCeram, P/M Laser Products, and Pacific Hybrid Microelectronics. Survivors include his wife, Mel; two sons; two grandchildren; and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2002

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