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September 25, 2016

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January 15, 2014
Dear Richard, David, and Paul,

I'm not sure if you remember me, but I spoke about your father at the dedication for his art collection at UGA in 2008, and again at the 75th anniversary meeting of GOS on Tybee Island in January 2011. I'm so sorry that I was unable to attend the funeral service, but I was out of the country when your Dad passed away. Dick was a longtime inspiration and mentor to me.

Our admiration for him and for what he did for GOS and for birds led us to arrange for GOS to establish the Richard A. Parks Young Birders Camp Scholarships in 2006. Since then, that scholarship program has helped to send 18 young people to birding camps in Colorado, California, and Maine. Your Dad sent a wonderful notecard of thanks to me about that scholarship program, complete with his artwork on the cover featuring a peregrine falcon. I treasure that card, and it sits on a shelf in my study at home, the walls of which feature three of his framed paintings. He was also very gracious to me about what I said and wrote about him on the occasion of the dedication and restoration of his collection at UGA.

He was such a fixture both at the general meetings of the full society, as well as at the business meetings. At the latter meetings I was always cognizant of the privilege of his presence, and found myself habitually looking to him whenever we voted on some issue, to make sure that Dick was in agreement. He was often in pain when I saw him, especially that caused by his eye, but he always chuckled when I inquired about him and his health saying, "I'm still here!" I miss him.

If there's anything I can do to help in this painful time, please let me know. We will, of course, write a lasting tribute to him in the next issue of the society's journal. It's the least we can do for a man who meant so much to all of us in the ornithological world.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob Sargent
January 11, 2014
David, Angie, Matt,
So sorry to learn of your Dad/Grandad's passing. In reading what a special and talented person he was, I know you will truly miss him. Love & prayers, Craig & Deborah Bowen (Webb) Harple
December 28, 2013
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THE TIME OF SORROW PLEASE READ PSALM; 46,1
December 27, 2013
Paul, David and Richard,
Your Father was incredibly talented and I know the good memories will always remain. Our Lord blessed you with two terrific parents but they are now together. I know you will find comfort and strength from your Father in the days to come. He truly cared about his family. May God bless you always.

Debbie Driskell -Atlanta, GA
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