Dr. James Anthony (Tony) Paredes
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Paredes, Dr. James Anthony (Tony) passed away in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, August 24, 2013. He was born in New York City on September 29, 1939. When he was six weeks old, he moved to Orlando, FL and lived there until he graduated from high school. He graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and earned his Master's and Ph.D in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He was an anthropology professor at Florida State University for 30 years. Tony played an integral part in the documentation for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to be recognized as a tribe by the federal government. Upon his retirement at Florida State, he moved to Atlanta where he worked for the National Park Service for eight years. At the time of his death he was a professor emeritus at Florida State and an adjunct professor at Emory University. Tony was predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Mildred Paredes and his daughter, Anna Teresa "Risa" Lesinski. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Alleen Deutsch; children Anthony Paredes, Jr. and Sara (Chris) Campbell; two grandchildren, Matthew Paredes and Johnna Dominguez, great granddaughter, Iris Paredes; son-in-law, Mike Lesinski; siblings Teresa (Ruben) Sanchez, Keith (Liz) Paredes, and Lynn Paredes-Manfredi; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Andra and Art Gumbus, and eight nieces and nephews. A celebration of Tony's life is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 4 p.m. in The Great Hall of Phoebe Hearst at Oglethorpe University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony's name to the Native American Rights Fund, Box 992, Boulder, CO 80306-0992 or to the Oglethorpe University Annual Fund, 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Condolences may be sent to www.southcare.us.

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Published in Orlando Sentinel from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2013.
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September 21, 2019
I miss Tony like crazy; he was my roommate at Oglethorpe (1957-) and I learned much from him; he was a superb student. (And we both became college professors! He was great friend and colleague.) My sincere on-going thoughts to all his friends and family.

Joseph Soldati
Joseph A. Soldati
January 14, 2014
Dr. Paredes was a professor worth emulating when it was my turn in Academia
Charlie Ewen
January 14, 2014
Dr. Paredes was a true professional that brought his personal passion to his students and his teaching. When I was offered the opportunity to spend a week in Arizona at a Navajo BIA school, Tony organized an evening session designed to prepare me to understand the students and staff with whom I would be working. His is a spirit that will be missed but his enthusiasm will be carried forth by those whose lives he has touched.
January 13, 2014
Dr. Paredes offered much positive feedback to me when I was a new FSU anthropology student in the 1970s and took an interest in my academic progress even though I was taking more classes in physical than cultural. He cared about his students as individuals, He was a gentleman and all around nice guy. I know his family has many warm memories to share.
Gwendolyn Waldorf
January 8, 2014
I am shocked by this news. My name is W. Otis Halfmoon. Tony and I were both at Indian Circle in 1968..he was a teacher, and I was a student. This was at Mahnoman, Minnesota. He was my friend. My e-mail is otis_halfmoon@nps.gov
September 23, 2013
Dr. Paredes really had an impact on my professional and personal life, I was very saddened to hear of his passing. He was an incredible mentor for me at FSU, and it were not for his support and encouragement I might not have made it through! I will value the wisdom, humor, generosity, and patience he had and hope I carry forth some of those same traits in my own life. He had an impact in this world and he will be missed and remembered by many.
Laura J Howard
September 21, 2013
I had the pleasure of meetng Tony and Aileen several times. He was charming, witty, intelligent and a gentleman. I know his family will always treasure their memories of Tony and those memories will be their greatest comfort.
Margaret Kish
September 20, 2013
I'm thankful for the the things I learned in Tony's classes and greatful for his support and encouragement while a student at FSU. May his family and friends find peace.
Hank Kratt
September 15, 2013
It is hard to fathom that such a powerful life force has been silenced. Having known and worked with Tony since 1979 I know how much my life has been enriched first as a student and later as a colleague and friend. Now as I reflect on these decades I know his life force has not been ended but it continues on within all those he touched. Thank you Tony.
Russell Skowronek
September 14, 2013
I was a student of Dr. Paredes in the early 1980's at FSU. I did my Master's thesis on the Seminole Indians, and Dr. Paredes was a great help concerning resources on the early history of the Creek Indians. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

Denise Breit
September 12, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Blanca Vasquez-Copher
September 10, 2013
Tony's passing leaves a void in many of our lives. He was a mentor and good friend to me. His many students at FSU all benefited from his teachings. My greatest sympathy to his family.
Larry Haikey
September 9, 2013
I am so sorry to hear this news. I first met Tony Parades when I was 4 years old and we moved next door to the Parades family in Orlando. Tony and I grew up together--until he and his family moved to another part of town. We reconnected when I joined the faculty at FSU and often laughed about our times on Hillside Avenue in Orlando. I used to tease him that he was the one who told me there is no Santa Clause! I think that is a true statement. Theresa, Keith, Lynn my condolences to you and to the rest of Tony's family.
Marilyn Young
September 9, 2013
Tony and I have been friends since September 1957--we were roommates our freshman year at Oglethorpe. He helped me to become a good student--though never as good as he was. Remarkably, or maybe not so remarkably, we both became college profs. I shall miss our talks, our drinking of fine brandy or cognac as we closed down some bar, and I shall grieve his passing the rest of my days.

Joseph Soldati
September 9, 2013
I really enjoyed working with Tony. He was a fine man and a great anthropologist.
September 9, 2013
May God be with your family as you deal with this loss you experienced (Psalms 55:16).
September 9, 2013
Tony was one of the finest anthropologists and finest human beings. It was a delight to know him--his kindness and intelligence were equally outstanding. Deep sympathy to all his family, may the flood of happy memories console you.
Alice Kehoe
September 8, 2013
Tony was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Alleen and family, you have my sincere sympathy.
Annette Hannon Lee
September 8, 2013
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Steve Edwards and family
September 8, 2013
So sorry to hear of Dr. Parades passing. I worked with him in the late 80's and knew him to be a man of integrity and honor.
Brenda Pelt McCarthy
September 8, 2013
A dear friend and colleague who will be sorely missed.
George Fischer
September 8, 2013
With deepest sympathy to Paredes family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
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