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PARKER LEWIS CODDINGTON Obituary
Coddington, Parker Lewis Age 92, passed away on March 28th, 2014 in Sudbury, MA after a long life devoted to education, conservation, and the life of the mind. Born March 17, 1922 in Medford, MA and raised in Montclair, NJ, he was a graduate of Dartmouth College and held a Masters in Philosophy from Yale University. He went on to teach philosophy at Case Institute after which he worked at the Reading Lab in Philadelphia for almost a decade. The rest of his working life was spent in university administration at Princeton, Vanderbilt, and Harvard, from which he retired in 1992 as Director of Government Relations where he helped advance federal higher education policy and legislation. Always a citizen committed to a just society, he was active in the civil rights movement which included helping to bring a lawsuit, ultimately unsuccessful, to the U.S. Supreme Court to prohibit the building of interstate highways through low income communities. He remained active in local affairs after retirement, serving on the Sudbury Technical Advisory Committee, Land Use Planning Committee and most extensively on the Conservation Commission where he worked tirelessly to secure and protect woodlands and wetlands for future generations. He regularly and happily walked those woods as well as many others and spent many hours competing on the tennis court and much else. Married to the late Jane Seaver Coddington for more than 50 years, he is survived by his four children, Betsy (Rick Root) of Portland, OR, Jon (Linda nee Chinsley) of Philadelphia, Deborah McKinstry of Sturbridge, MA, and Jim (Jan Liss) of Eastchester, NY, as well as 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at First Parish of Sudbury on April 19th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and the Sudbury Valley Trustees.
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 30, 2014
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