PARKER, WILLIAM E.
William E. Parker, beloved teacher, artist, father, and husband, died Thursday, August 6, 2009. Born January 1, 1932 in Jacksonville, FL, Parker was an outstanding visual arts educator, having served such institutions as Pratt Institute; Parsons School of Design (both as dean and vice president); the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut (1969-94); and the Rhode Island School of Design, where for two decades, he was a visiting artist in graduate photography.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Bill received its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 in recognition of a rich career in art education. Bill's writings on 19th and 20th century photography have appeared in numerous periodicals, and he has edited many lauded books on the history of photography. He was a lifetime member of the National Society for Photographic Education, having served as chairperson, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Visual Studies Workshop, SUNY Rochester. For 30 years, Parker was an active member of the New York C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology and the analytical psychology organizations of New York and Boston. A renowned lecturer, he remains a recognized pioneer in the interpretive analysis of photographic and intermedia imagery from Jungian perspectives.
Parker's personal art combining painting and photography has been represented in numerous national and international group exhibitions and one-person shows. He received two individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in addition to private holdings, his work is represented in such collections as the Harn Museum at the University of Florida, RISD Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, DeCordova Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Florida and Connecticut memorial services will be held at a later date. Those wishing to honor Parker privately might make a donation to a charity of their choice or to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Parker is survived by his brother, H. Daniel Jr., his wife Tim Ann, his daughter, Nevil, his son-in-law, Douglas Theriaque, and a number of wonderful nieces and nephews.
A person of enormous energy, generosity, imagination, wit, and life force, Parker enriched the lives of all who knew him. His loss will be long and keenly felt. Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS DOWNTOWN FUNERAL HOME, 404 N. Main Street.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from August 9 to August 10, 2009