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Archer Parham

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Archer Brandon Parham

Archer Brandon Parham Jr., MD, son of Rosario and Archer B. Parham Sr., passed away Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017 at his home with family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bernice, his son Archer III and wife Cynthia, grandchildren Brandon and Allison, great grandchild Madeleine, brother Conrad and sister Alice, and beloved brothers and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his brothers Buddy and John.

Archer was born on February 10, 1922 in the city of Butuan, province of Agusan, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a doctorate degree in medicine. When war broke out he served with the Philippine Guerrilla Armed Forces as an accountant and Morse code translator, decoding messages from U.S. military supply ships off the coast. After escaping from the Philippines with some of his family members by submarine in a U.S. secret mission to evacuate American Citizens he arrived in the United States and later served in the Korean War as an army physician. He met his wife at St. Joseph's Hospital in San Francisco in 1955. He maintained a private practice in the State of Ohio for five years before returning to California in 1962 where he worked as a physician at the Long Beach VA specializing in internal and geriatric medicine.

He loved classical music, particularly Chopin, whose childhood home he visited in Zelazowa Wola Poland. He loved movies, concerts, golf, travel and keeping current with global affairs. He was a "good swimmer", having learned with his brothers how to swim in crocodile inhabited waters of the Agusan River. He was a kind and gentle father who advised by sharing from personal experience rather than directing or imposing. He was a dignified man of a bygone era, opening and closing doors for instance, and offering up his own chair. He signed his name in a classic inimitable manner, much as he lived his life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Miami, FL 33131.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 28, 2017
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