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December 10, 2013
Tonight I went searching for Bill as my son is taking a photo class in santa Cruz under a professor who studied at UCONN- I took history of photography with Bill in the mid 80's and it is one of my fondest & lasting memories of being at UCONN...I especially loved his references to his " dear partner in life" which left a lasting impression on me- he was an inspiration -
February 19, 2013
Sorry to hear this so late. He was one of my favorite professors at Uconn.
February 18, 2011
Thinking of you always. Nev
February 09, 2010
I visited my Mom yesterday and saw a sketch I made when I was a student of Mr. Parker's back in the early 1970's at UConn. So I looked him up online this morning to see what he was up to and learned of his passing. Mr. Parker was a fine teacher. I was excited to see and hear him again five years later when I was a student in Rochester, NY and attended his lecture at the Eastman. Although I never studied art or photography very seriously, I was surprised that he remembered me. I was always so impressed by his enthusiasm and dedication, more so than by most other undergrad or grad school professors, or many of my colleagues today in New Haven. Somewhere I still have a sketch that he made that I embarassed him by asking him to sign. I will dig it out tonight and think of him again. Thanks again Mr. Parker for your fine example of a life well lived and a career well spent.
January 30, 2010
I am so sorry to learn that the great Bill Parker passed away. My sympathy to his entire family.

Mr. Parker's personality was so vivid, I remember (with great enjoyment) each class I had with him. His encouragement convinced me to switch out of liberal arts. I earned a degree in painting and met my future husband. So, it would not be stretching the truth to say that Bill Parker changed the course of my life.

You have my prayers and condolences. I am honored to have the opportunity to thank him one last time.
January 13, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was a student of Bill Parker's at UCONN in the mid 80s. He was the kind of teacher that would pull you aside and help you with your studies. I am very grateful to have been his student.
November 23, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear about the death of Billy Sahib, who I loved!

Point One: Billy encouraged me when I was really stuck on my honors thesis and told me exactly what to do. I finished it because he said, "Johnny, your mind is FERtile, but you must order it!" in his office one day. He told me exactly what might work, and it did.
Point Two: Billy made it clear that professors could potentially be the coolest people on the planet, that "academic manners" were the self-protection of the weak. He wore a tee-shirt that said "Street Therapist," and when I saw that picture I knew I was one. He made it clear that you should, if given a chance, perform with a jazz band, even if you did not know how to spell the word "melody."
Point Three: Billy married Tim and made Nevil. Without Nevil, I'd not have met Billy or Tim. Good thing to multiply.
Point Four: Sarvamangalam!
November 09, 2009
Good-bye Billy. Thank you for being my art teacher, and for teaching me how to write--something my writing teachers failed to do. I am sad to hear of your passing. Best wishes to your family.
November 04, 2009
I am so sorry to hear that Bill is gone. Gone but not, ever, ever forgotten. As a student of his at UCONN I received probably the best photo history education around. His teaching transcended the subject and I treasure my experience and memories of being in his classroom.

Thank you Bill for giving my life more "plentitude" and for all the "units of consciousness" you imparted. Your generosity, your bright spirit and huge heart will never be lost . . . sparkle in the sky at night - brilliant keeper of the light - Bill is up there walking free - seeking "synchronicity"

Respect, gratitude and love to you Bill!

Sympathy to Tim and Nevil
October 20, 2009
My condolences to the Parker family on the passing of Bill Parker. I was his student at UCONN in the mid 80's and I can still here his voice teaching me about art history. He had an amazing spirit that continues to touch my life.
-Laurel Pelton Pepin

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