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Hugh Monroe Parrish

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Hugh Monroe Parrish May 29, 1949-Sept18, 2012 Hugh Monroe Parrish passed away September 18, 2012 at the age of 63. Hugh was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a degree in Psychology and Accounting. During his college years, Hugh worked at Meridell Achievement Center (a residential treatment center for adolescent boys) as a part-time child care worker. Following graduation he became a full-time case supervisor there. In 1974 Hugh relocated to Tucson, Arizona and worked first as a Juvenile Probation officer at the Oasis and after one year, Hugh became its Program Director. In '76 he took the Oasis private and continued as Program Director. In 1980 Hugh returned to Austin and entered the real estate field. One of his first challenges was to handle a large corporate relocation move from California to Austin when required Hugh to relocate to California for a year to handle the questions and concerns of the tranferees. This sparked Hugh's life-long interest and 27 year career in working with corporate relocation and corporate-owned properties. He handled more than 6500 corporate transactions and worked with more than 75 financial institutions. Hugh has been a real estate broker since 1984, a Certified Relocation Professional, a designated area broker for FNMA since 1986 and a continuing education instructor at The Austin Institute of Real Estate since 1990. Hugh served as president and member of the Board of the Friends of David Powell Clinic for almost a decade and just last month received recognition for his tireless work and effort with the clinic and a permanent plaque was placed in the clinic in his honor. Above and beyond his professional endeavors, Hugh was a mentor to many, a champion of causes he believed in and a bright, witty and intelligent person. He naturally attracted people to him and he leaves behind a network of friendships, close relationships and an "adopted" family that span 40+ years. Hugh also loved his sports! He was an avid league bowler for many years and bowled in tournaments across the state. He would often be found in front of the television watching football, basketball or golf on the weekends. Hugh fought hard for the things he believed in and he was a trusted and valued friend to many. He will be greatly missed by his close friends and professional associates. Safe travels, Hugh.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 21, 2012
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