Arthur Parkllan (1922 - 2012)

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Parkllan, Arthur

Arthur G. Parkllan, Ed.D. age 90, died on December 4, 2012, at Evergreen from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Art was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 26, 1922, the son of Arthur and Catherine Yott Parkllan. He served his country in the Army Air Corps in England and France during World War II. After getting his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctorate of Education from Wayne State University, he worked in the Detroit Public Schools for 37 years as a teacher and principal.

Art set the bar high for his students and teachers, his children and himself, nurturing others to reach the lofty goals and striving to do so himself. in addition to his career as an inner-city educator, he served on the Oak Park Michigan Board of Education for many years, including as its president. He helped to annex a neighboring township, significantly integrating the district during the 1960's civil rights movement. Art testified about the transition before the United States Civil Rights Commission.

These accomplishments only begin to describe the measure of the man. Most importantly, he was a thoughtful, kind man who cared about people and making the world a more just, civil and beautiful place. He loved to sing and read, take photographs, drive sports cars and motorcycles, and play golf and tennis. He could always be counted on to have an entertaining story to tell. Despite having Alzheimer's disease for 13 years, Art always carried himself with grace and dignity, never complaining about his health.

Art was devoted to his late wife Shirley, whom he lost 10 years ago after 56 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his sister Alma Smith. Art is survived by his daughters Lynn Parkllan (Jerry Morris) of Northville, Michigan, Darcy Duffy (Michael) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, his son, Robert Parkllan (Judy) of Madison Heights, Michigan, his grandchildren, Briar, Kathleen and Bridget Duffy and Kyle and Nathan Parkllan, step-grandchildren Adam (Nancy) and Nicholas Morris, and step-great-grandson, Peter Morris. He is also survived by sisters Catherine J. Burke and Ethel Spahn and his brother William Parkllan as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 15, in the chapel at Evergreen, officiated by Pastor Carol DiBiasio-Snyder. Visitation will be from 1-2 pm, with a service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI, 48202.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and skilled staff at Evergreen for their wonderful care of Art over the past five years.


Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2012
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